Southwest Licking is among 37 of Ohio's 614 public school districts recently named to the third annual AP District Honor Roll.
The distinction is bestowed upon districts that increase students' access to Advanced Placement courses and increase the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on 5-point scale AP exams.
The Ohio Board of Regents requires Ohio public colleges and universities to accept credits obtained via AP testing; private colleges have discretion as whether to accept such credit, said John Charlton, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Education.
"Achieving both these goals is the ideal scenario for a district's AP program because it indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit most from rigorous AP course work," Charlton said.
The College Board, a nonprofit education organization, recognized 539 school districts in the United States and Canada for the 2011-2012 school year.
To be included on the honor roll, a district must increase participation and access to AP courses, ensure that the percentage of minority students taking AP exams did not decrease and improve levels of students scoring 3 or higher during the past three school years.
In addition to Southwest Licking, other central Ohio school districts on the honor roll were Hilliard, Licking Valley and Marysville.
-- Kevin Corvo