Hopkins District names to advanced placement honor roll

Hopkins Public Schools was the only district in Allegan County, and one of only 28 districts statewide, recognized with a spot on the College Board’s fifth annual AP District Honor Roll.

As one of the 547 school districts honored throughout the United States and Canada, Hopkins was commended for increasing student access to advanced placement classes while simultaneously maintaining or improving the percentage of students passing the AP exams.

Superintendent Gary Wood said, “The district has made providing dual enrollment, direct credit and advanced placement courses a priority for our students. This honor is a tribute to the extraordinary effort put forth by our staff and the students themselves.”

Inclusion on the honor roll is based upon examination of three years of AP data—from 2012 to 2014—from 34 exam subjects.

In order to be included, districts have to increase participation or access to the test by at least 4 percent in large districts, 6 percent in medium and 11 percent in small districts; increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian or Alaska Native students; and improve performance levels when comparing percentages of students scoring a three or higher on the exam from 2012 to 2014, unless the district had already attained a passing rate of 70 percent or higher.

School board trustee Karen Ryan said, “Special congratulations should be given to all the high school staff and especially those specifically teaching our AP courses. They are doing a great job.”
 

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