Fayette County Public Schools is among nine Kentucky public districts and more than 500 others nationwide and in Canada to make the third annual Advanced Placement District Honor Roll.
These districts were noted for simultaneously increasing access to AP course work while increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams. Kentucky's other honorees were Ashland Independent, Boone County, Bourbon County, Clinton County, Oldham County, Pulaski County, Spencer County and Washington County.
The College Board Advanced Placement Program enables high school students to pursue college-level studies in 34 subjects, with each course culminating in an exam. AP 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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More than 90 percent of colleges and universities offer credit, advanced placement or both for a score of 3 or higher on an AP exam — potentially saving students and their families thousands of dollars in tuition. Some 26,500 Kentucky public school students took more than 43,000 AP exams in 2012, and more than 20,000 exams were scored at 3, 4 or 5.