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El Monte Union High School District Named to College Board District Honor Roll

by Anne Donofrio-Holter

El Monte

The El Monte Union High School District has been recognized by the College Board as one of 477 school districts in the United States and Canada to increase access to AP (Advanced Placement) course work while simultaneously increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams.

According to a College Board spokesperson, “reaching these goals indicates that these districts are successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit from rigorous AP course work. Helping more students learn at a higher level and earn higher AP scores is an objective of all members of the AP community from AP teachers, to district and school administrators, to college professors.”

“This recognition is due to the hard work of our students, teachers and staff members in providing support and motivation for our students to reach higher goals,” said El Monte Union High School District Superintendent Nick Salerno. “In addition, our Partnership for College events and activities provide much needed information and confidence for students and families. Our strong AVID program and its staff members provide support and motivation for our students, pushing previously mid-range achieving students upward into Honors and AP coursework.”

When determining this year’s District Honor Roll, the College Board examined three years of district AP data with emphasis on increased participation in AP, increased or maintained percentage of exams taken by minority students and 2013 performance levels compared to 2011.

“We are very proud of our students and staff members,” added Salerno. “A College Board member stated to me that our AP progress and results compare well to any other district in the nation.”

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