One of the reasons so many young families move to Edina is for our amazing public school system. So, it should come as no surprise to learn that Edina Public Schools has been named, again, to the 5th Annual Advanced Placement (AP) District Honor Roll.
In case you aren’t familiar with this, it’s a list of 547 school districts across the U.S. and Canada that are honored by the College Board for “increasing access to AP® course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams,” according to the Board.
Having a goal to improve the performance of all of a district’s students keeps our schools competitive.
To make this prestigious list, the College Board looks at three years of AP data, from 2012 to 1014 for this year’s list. They look for a number of factors, chief among them, however is a 4 percent or more increase in participation or access to AP in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts and at least 11 percent in small districts and an increase in the number of minority students taking the exams.
Edina’s school district is one of 10 in Minnesota that made the list and it’s our third time in five years we’ve been named to the Honor Roll. At this time, our high school and both middle schools offer AP courses. All three schools achieve the highest number of points possible on the school rating site, GreatSchools.org.
It's not just our AP students who do outstanding work, however. The state average for 10th grade reading on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments Series II (MCA-II) exams was 77 percent in 2012. Edina High School 10th graders scored 95 percent. The state average for 6th grade math was 69 percent. Our Valley View Middle School 6th graders averaged 88 percent.
Congratulations to everyone at Edina Public Schools. We placed the education of our kids in your capable hands and you continue to commit yourselves to their success.