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Forsyth County school system makes AP Honor Roll

FORSYTH COUNTY — Forsyth County was one of six school districts in Georgia named to the College Board’s 2015 AP District Honor Roll.

The list honors school systems that have increased access to Advanced Placement coursework while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams.

Forsyth and the Cherokee, Douglas, Fayette, Floyd and Oconee county school districts made the list, which includes 425 systems across the United States and Canada.

“We are honored to be on the AP district honor roll, and we are very proud of the accomplishments of our students and teachers,” Forsyth County Schools Superintendent Jeff Bearden said.

“Our high schools work hard to provide the very best opportunities for students to be college and career ready. AP classes are popular options for students and ensure successful transitions from high school to college.”

Inclusion on the honor roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data — from 2013-15 — for the following criteria:

* Increased 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.

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

* Improved performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2015 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2013, 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.

“AP sources are one of many ways we can provide personalized educational options to our students here in Georgia,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “These six districts deserve our congratulations as they continue to provide access to high-quality, college-level coursework for their students, while expanding access to those opportunities for all student populations.”

Forsyth, Cherokee, Fayette and Oconee districts were also recognized for being on the list for multiple years, according to the Georgia Department of Education.