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Tahoma: AP Honor Roll School

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Tahoma is among 17 school districts in Washington state and 539 nationally to be honored for continued growth of the College Board’s Advanced Placement program for high school students. It is the second consecutive year that Tahoma has been named to the College Board’s AP District Honor Roll.

“Tahoma High School’s addition to the APHonor Roll is a tremendous achievement and a source of great pride,” Brooke Dillon, AP coordinator at Tahoma High School, said. “AP Honor Roll signifies an increase in the number of our students challenging themselves by taking AP courses and also the successful performance of those students on their AP exams in May. Tahoma School District faculty work diligently every day to provide each student with the skills and strategies to master college level curriculum. We are proud of our students — this award means so much to us.” Since 2010, Tahoma has increased the number of students participating in AP by 27 percent while improving the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher by 4 percent. Tahoma School District continues this year to have even more students taking AP classes, with an enrollment increase from 1,122 seats last year to 1,313 seats this year.

More than 90 percent of colleges and universities across the United States offer college credit, advanced placement or both for a score of 3 or above on an AP Exam, which can potentially save students and their families thousands of dollars in college tuition. According to information from the College Board, inclusion on the Third Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 1010 to 1012, for the following criteria that districts must follow:

– Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts and at least 11 percent in small districts;

– Ensure that the percentage of African American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native students taking AP Exams did not decrease by more than 5 percent for large and medium districts or by more than 10 percent for small districts;

– Improve performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2012 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2010, unless the district has already attained a performance level in which more than 70 percent of the AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies — with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both — while still in high school. Through AP courses in 34 subjects, each culminating in a rigorous exam, students learn to think critically, construct solid arguments and see many sides of an issue – skills that prepare them for college and beyond.

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