Nov 162012
 
This entry is part 7 of 45 in the series Principal's Notes

Groton-Dunstable Regional High School achieved a significant honor recently, when the school was named by the College Board to it’s Honor Roll list of schools with high-achieving Advanced Placement programs on November 13. Here is Principal Michael Mastrullo’s November Note on the award.

AP Honor Roll
Only 46 schools in Massachusetts were named to the AP Honor Roll. In addition, we are one of 569 school districts in the United States and Canada to to be recognized by the College Board. 

To provide some context to this prestigious honor there is nearly 400 school districts in Massachusetts alone.  It is a testament to our students and staff.  The former for their intellect, hard-work, and effort, and the latter should be applauded for their expansion of our AP program without sacrificing rigor or scores. Expanding access to AP courses is the easy part.  The difficulty lies in maintaining quality scores and our students and teachers have achieved both.   

Groton-Dunstable Superintendent Tony Bent was proud of the high school’s achievement. He said, “Increasing the number of student taking advanced placement courses and tests, and maintaining or improving upon scores, is not small achievement. Students and teachers at the high school can be proud that even as the number of test takers increases, 90% of participants meet or exceed the qualifying scores (3,4, or 5).”
 
“I am proud of our students and teachers for continued progress in booting participation and performance on AP exams,” said Governor Deval Patrick.  “We will continue to expand our efforts to hep even more students enroll in these rigorous enroll in these rigorous college preparatory courses that will help prepare them for success in the classroom and beyond.”  

 
Please click on the link for a Power Point Presentation that highlights our scores. The most impressive slides can be found at the end of the Power Point Presentation. Since 2008 the number of exams and the number of students enrolled in AP courses has increased 100% while scores have remained steady.  More than 90% of our students achieved a score of 3 or better.  
 
 

  

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