District 621 makes 2013 AP Honor Roll

Students at both Irondale and Mounds View high schools have been excelling in AP (Advanced Placement) courses and outperforming their peers in most school districts across the state -- garnering the attention of the College Board and earning the Mounds View Public School District a spot on the AP Honor Roll once again this year. 

“...We feel very, very proud of this and to be recognized in three out of four years for what we are doing, I think it underscores our efforts around the equity promise and I think it also underscores the work we are doing around the road map to post-secondary success to give our kids these opportunities,” District 621 Superintendent Dan Hoverman said at a recent school board meeting.

The College Board, which governs AP testing and the SAT, announced that District 621 is among six other school districts in the state to make its annual AP Honor Roll. In total, 477 school districts were recognized across the U.S. and Canada.

“One of the reasons why we made the Honor Roll is because of a concerted effort to add more AP classes and because of increases in students taking those classes,” Scott Wiens, dean of post-secondary services for both high schools said.

The College Board has been recognizing school districts across the U.S. and Canada since 2010 that have increased the number of AP classes offered, while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of three or higher on AP tests. AP classes are college level courses, and a score of three or higher, in a range of one through five, typically means a student is considered qualified to earn college credit for that course.

According to data provided by the district’s administration, during the 2012-2013 school year, 606 students took 1,114 AP exams at Irondale High School and 64 percent of those students scored a three or higher. At Mounds View High School, 515 students took 1,097 AP exams, and 80 percent of those students scored a three or higher.

Currently Irondale has 1,636 students attending, and 19 different AP courses are offered. Mounds View has a student body of 1,655, with 18 AP courses provided.

The Mounds View district has advanced courses in math, science, history, language, economics and other disciplines. Wiens said the district plans to add even more advanced courses next school year.

The other school districts in the state to make the 2013 College Board AP Honor Roll list are:  Edina Public Schools, Mankato Public Schools, Marshall ISD 413, Minnetonka ISD 276, Rochester Public Schools and Saint Michael-Albertville ISD 885.

Joshua Nielsen can be reached at jnielsen@lillienews.com or 651-748-7824.

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