7 LI school districts make the AP honor roll

Northport High School produced two winners in the Northport High School produced two winners in the annual Congressional Arts Competition: seniors Carolyn Pucillo, who won first place, and Julia Tannenbaum, who took second. Photo Credit: Amanda Ostuni

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Seven Long Island school districts have been named to the College Board's third annual AP District Honor Roll for maintaining high student scores and increasing participation in college-level courses.

The districts making the list were Half Hollow Hills, Hempstead, Manhasset, Massapequa, Northport-East Northport, Sewanhaka and Southampton.

In all, 539 school districts across the United States and Canada were recognized last week for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement course work while increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher, out of a possible 5, on AP Exams.

Achieving both of those goals is the ideal scenario for a district's AP program because it indicates that the district is identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit most from Advanced Placement course work, College Board officials said.

"We applaud the extraordinary efforts of the devoted teachers and administrators in these 539 districts, who are fostering rigorous work worth doing," College Board president David Coleman said. "These educators have not only expanded student access to AP coursework, but they have enabled more of their students to achieve on a college level -- which is helping to create a strong college-going culture."

Southampton High School offers at least 16 Advanced Placement courses, which are open to all students, superintendent Richard Boyes said.

"We are pleased that, given the fact we have an open-enrollment policy for our AP classes, we do have extensive participation from different types of kids and, in fact, the achievement of our kids is improving and that is what the honor roll is about," Boyes said. "We are really pleased that we provide the opportunity for students."

College Board examined three years of data to come up with the honor roll. More than 90 percent of colleges and universities across the country offer college credit, advanced placement or both for a score of 3 or higher on an AP exam. That potentially yields significant savings on college tuition for students and their families.

Long Island districts that were named to the AP District Honor Roll in November 2011 were Commack, Copiague, Eastport-South Manor, Harborfields, Herricks, Levittown, Riverhead, Sayville and Syosset.

In 2010, the honor roll's first year, the Copiague, Eastport-South Manor, Harborfields, Herricks,  Sayville and Syosset districts received the distinction.

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