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FCS 1 of 5 GA Districts Awarded AP District Honor Roll; HS Also Recognized

Forsyth County Schools (FCS) has once again been placed on the College Board’s 10th Annual AP® District Honor Roll.  A total of 250 school districts across the U.S. and Canada are being honored by the College Board for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.  

FCS is one of only five school districts in Georgia that met the criteria to be placed on the AP District Honor Roll this year. This is FCS’ seventh time on the AP Honor Roll list.

Criteria used for inclusion in the 2019 AP District Honor Roll include the following:

1. Increased access to AP courses by

  • At least 4% in large districts
  • At least 6% in medium districts
  • At least 11% in small districts

2. Increased or maintained the percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students, and;

3. Improved performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2019 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2017, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.

College Board AP Cohort State Report | College Board AP Cohort Data Report 

2020 AP Honor Schools

State School Superintendent Richard Woods named 255 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools for 2020.

“I commend the students, teachers, and staff of these 255 schools,” Superintendent Woods said. “Behind this recognition is an enormous amount of hard work, and I congratulate all those who worked to expand access, improve performance, and build strong Advanced Placement programs in each school recognized today.”

The Georgia Department of Education began recognizing AP Honor Schools in 2008. This recognition began with three categories: AP Access and Support Schools, AP Challenge Schools, and AP Merit Schools. AP STEM and AP STEM Achievement categories were added in 2011, and the AP Humanities category was added in 2015. This year two new categories were added: AP Humanities Achievement and AP Expansion Schools. The AP Merit Schools category was renamed AP Schools of Distinction.

AP Access and Support Schools (78 named)
Schools with at least 30% of AP exams taken by students who identified themselves as African- American and/or Hispanic and 30% of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher

AP Challenge Schools (39 named)
Schools with enrollments of 900 or fewer students and students testing in English, math, science, and social studies

AP Schools of Distinction (70 named)
Schools with at least 20% of the total student population taking AP exams and at least 50% of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher

AP Expansion Schools (34 named)
AP schools with 25% growth in AP participation from May 2018 to May 2019 and a minimum of 25 students testing in May 2018

AP Humanities Schools (85 named)
Schools with a minimum of five students testing in each of the following AP categories: one ELA course, two history/social science courses, one fine arts course and one world language course

AP Humanities Achievement Schools (70 named)
AP Humanities schools (see above definition) with at least 50% of all AP Humanities exams earning scores of 3 or higher

AP STEM Schools (183 named)
Schools with a minimum of five students testing in at least four AP STEM courses (AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles)

AP STEM Achievement Schools (94 named)
AP STEM schools (see above definition) with at least 50% of all AP STEM exams earning scores of 3 or higher.