Nearly 75 percent of Montgomery County high school students’ Advanced Placement exams earned a college-ready score of 3 or higher in 2012, placing the county near the top of national achievement lists with scores that were nearly 18 percentage points higher than the national average.
A record number of Montgomery high school students took the exams this year, and the county was one of 539 school districts out of more than 12,000 across the United States and Canada that boosted the number of students both taking AP exams and scoring passing grades.
The distinction landed Montgomery County on the Third Annual AP District Honor Roll and maintains the county’s reputation as having one of the top school systems in the nation for AP participation, access and performance.
“It’s a remarkable achievement,” said Trevor Packer, senior vice president of the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program. “It’s not something that typically happens.”
Prince William County also landed on the AP District Honor Roll this year, and Prince George’s County saw marked improvement over the past year, with a nearly 10 percent increase in the number of tests that received a passing score.