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Virginia’s Fairfax County Public Schools system contains 31 high schools. The district contains 15 school that received a gold, silver, or bronze medals in U.S. News‘s Best High Schools rankings: Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria ranked #2 nationally and #1 in Virginia. (more…)

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Virginia’s Loudoun County Public Schools system contains 11 high schools. The district contains 1 school that received a gold medal in U.S. News‘s Best High Schools rankings: Stone Bridge High School, Ashburn, which ranked #178 nationally and #10 in Virginia. (more…)

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Virginia’s Prince William County Public Schools contains 10 high schools. The district contains 1 school that received a silver medal in U.S. News‘s Best High Schools rankings: Osbourn Park High School, Manassas, which ranked #545 nationally and #23 in Virginia. (more…)

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Virginia’s Arlington County Public Schools contains 3 high schools:

  • Wakefield High School, Arlington, VA
  • Washington-Lee High School, Arlington, VA
  • Yorktown High School, Arlington, VA
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The 2012 Report is in and dozens of Virginia, Maryland and D.C. schools made U.S. News & World Report‘s list of the highest ranking high schools.

To produce the report,  21,776 public high schools were analyzed in 49 states and the District of Columbia. This is the total number of public high schools that had 12th-grade enrollment and sufficient data, primarily from the 2009-2010 school year, to analyze. (Nebraska was the only state that did not report enough data and therefore was not evaluated for any part of the rankings.)

The rankings are based on state proficiency standards, how well they prepare students for college, as well as other factors.

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In Virginia, top-ranked schools were clustered in Fairfax County, Falls Church and Loudoun County, with Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology rated second out of 100 nationally.

The following schools made the top 10 list for Virginia:

  1. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
  2. George Mason High School
  3. George C. Marshall High School
  4. McLean High School
  5. James W. Robinson Jr. Secondary School
  6. Langley High School
  7. W.T. Woodson High School
  8. James Madison High School
  9. Oakton High School
  10. Stone Bridge High School

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In the Maryland rankings, Montgomery County had seven out of the top 10 schools schools, with Winston Churchill, Walt Whitman and Thomas Wootton ranking in the top three spots. The other schools in the top 10 are in Anne Arundel, Howard and Baltimore counties.

The Following schools made the top 10 list for Maryland:

  1. Winston Churchill High School
  2. Walt Whitman High School
  3. Thomas S. Wootton High School
  4. Poolesville High School
  5. Walter Johnson High School
  6. Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
  7. Richard Montgomery High School
  8. Severna Park High School
  9. Eastern Technical High School
  10. River Hill High School

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  • In Prince William County, Osbourn Park High made the top 600.
  • In Prince George’s County, Eleanor Roosevelt High School, made the list at No. 23.
  • The top-ranked D.C. Public Schools are Benjamin Banneker High School and Coolidge High School.

The full list of schools is available on U.S. News & World Report’s website.

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SOURCE: U.S. News & World Reports; WTOP

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High schools in the Prince William County Public School (PWCS) Division continue to fare well in “The Washington Post” national survey that measures the effort schools make in encouraging students to take college-level courses.

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All 10 Prince William County high schools rank in the top 7 percent of all high schools in the nation, according to The High School Challenge report published in The Washington Post. In addition, PWCS high schools set the all-time record for college-level test participation in 2010.

The High School Challenge, formerly called “The Challenge Index,” was developed by reporter Jay Mathews 13 years ago. The Washington area results were reported on May 22 in a special section of “The Washington Post,” and appeared in the “Local Living” section on May 26.

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School ranking is determined by adding up all the Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate, and Cambridge (AICE) tests taken in a given year and dividing by the number of graduating seniors. Schools with a rating of 1.000 or above are in the top 7 percent of all 27,000 U.S. public high schools, says Mathews.

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All 10 Prince William County high schools have a rating of 1.000 or above. Potomac High School ranks the highest of the Prince William schools with a challenge rating of 3.087 and numbers 41 out of the top 150 schools in the Washington area, followed by Osbourn Park (2.811), Hylton (2.540), Brentsville District (2.472), Battlefield (2.458), Woodbridge (2.445), Gar-Field (2.059), Forest Park (1.787), Stonewall Jackson (1.755), and Freedom (1.082).

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In addition to Advanced Placement courses, Potomac High School offers the Cambridge Program for Mathematics and Physical Sciences which has an international, pre-university curriculum and examination system. According to Specialty Program Coordinator Courtney Wilkerson, 713 students are enrolled in the Cambridge Program at Potomac this year, up from 660 last year. The school has a student enrollment of 1,629.

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“Our students truly are hard-working and love the challenge of Cambridge courses,” said Wilkerson.
“They see the value in taking rigorous courses and earning the Advanced International Certificate of Education.”

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All PWCS high schools have a specialty program or area of academic concentration that is open to other students outside a school’s attendance boundaries. For information on specialty programs, visit the School Division Specialty Programs Web page.

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In March 2011, Governor Robert F. McDonnell signed the “Cambridge” Bill (HB 1910) which requires institutions of higher learning to grant course credit for A and AS Level Cambridge Programme examinations. Prince William County Public Schools championed this measure, with top school officials testifying in Richmond during winter 2010-2011. This issue was among the Prince William County School Board’s 2011 Legislative Priorities.

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SOURCE:   http://pwcs.ezcommunicator.net/edu/pwcs/ViewNewsletter.asp?app=0&id=376

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Loudoun County Public Schools SAT scores have been improving tremendously for the last couple of years. The average Loudoun County VA Public Schools SAT scores in 2010 were 76 points higher than average Virginia SAT scores and 88 points higher than National SAT scores.

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Here are the Loudoun County Public Schools, Virginia, SAT test scores for the school year 2009-2010:

LOUDOUN COUNTY VA SAT SCORES 2010 MATH SCORE CRITICAL READING WRITING SCORE TOTAL SAT SCORE in 2010
Virginia 512 512 497 1,521
Loudoun County 536 535 526 1,597
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BRIAR WOODS 534 531 533 1,598
BROAD RUN 542 541 528 1,611
DOMINION 538 539 530 1,607
FREEDOM 524 512 507 1,543
HERITAGE 520 521 518 1,559
LOUDOUN COUNTY 536 542 529 1,607
LOUDOUN VALLEY 545 548 529 1,622
PARK VIEW 493 499 482 1,474
POTOMAC FALLS 550 542 534 1,626
STONE BRIDGE 550 547 542 1,639

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Loudoun County Public Schools Fact Sheet for 2010: http://www.lcps.org/cms/lib4/VA01000195/Centricity/Domain/4/LCPS%20Fact%20Sheet%20Summary%20-%202010-2011.pdf

also http://www.lcps.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=1

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NOTE: The information above is believed to be accurate, but is subject to errors and omissions and should not be relied upon without verification. Contact Loudoun County Public Schools personally for information.

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All Prince William County Public Schools in Virginia (PWCS) are accredited under Commonwealth accreditation guidelines as per Virginia Department of Education. The new accreditation ratings for 2011–12 are based on performance during the 2010–2011 school year or a three-year average.

“At all levels, our students are exceeding the content-area benchmarks required for accreditation,” said Superintendent of Prince William County Schools Steven L. Walts. “This is evidence of the quality of teaching that goes on in the classroom, and of the quality of leadership in our schools. Prince William County residents can be proud of their schools and the high achievement of our students.

“All elementary schools exceeded the state math benchmark of 70% passing by at least 10 percentage points, and 15 out of 17 middle schools and all high schools scored 80% passing or higher, which is 10 percentage points higher than the benchmark,” Walts said.

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All PWCS schools achieved higher passing rates in English – English includes reading and writing – than the benchmark required for accreditation:

  • All elementary schools scored at least 8 points higher than the 75% benchmark with over 70% of elementary schools scoring at or above 90% passing
  • All middle schools scored 15 or more percentage points higher than the required benchmark of 70%
  • All 10 high schools also exceeded the 70% benchmark by at least 20 points.

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All schools also exceeded their respective benchmarks in science:

  • 55 of 57 elementary schools exceeding the benchmark by 10 percentage points
  • all middle schools exceeding the benchmark by at least 15  percentage points
  • all high schools exceeding the benchmark by 10 percentage points

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All schools exceeded either the current year or three-year average benchmarks in history, with all elementary schools exceeding the benchmark by more than 25 percentage points.

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The Accreditation rules require that at the middle and high school levels, at least 70 percent of students must pass the English, math, social studies, and science tests. At the elementary school level, at least 75 percent of students taking the tests must receive passing grades in English. Elementary students must also achieve pass rates of at least 70 percent in mathematics, fifth-grade science and fourth-grade history, and 50 percent pass rates in third-grade science and third-grade history. Beginning with tests administered in the 2012–13 school year, the benchmark will be 75 percent for English at all grade levels and the benchmark for all other content areas at all grade levels will be 70 percent.

For the first time, the accreditation ratings for 2011–12 for high schools include a graduation score, using the Graduation and Completion Index (GCI), explained in the state’s Accountability Guide. To be fully accredited, a school must meet the 2015 target score of 85 points. Provisional accreditation is awarded to schools with GCI scores of 80-84 (the provisional target increases from 80 points in 2011–12 to 84 points in 2014–15). All high schools in PWCS met the 2011–12 targets, with 8 schools earning full accreditation by meeting the 2015–16 target of 85 points.

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http://princewilliamcounty.wusa9.com/news/news/73570-all-prince-william-county-public-schools-accredited-schools-exceed-benchmarks

Virginia Schools Accountability Guide for Accreditation

Prince William County VA SAT scores for 2011 school year

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SOURCE: WUSA9.com

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Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (also called TJHSST, TJ, Jefferson) is a Virginia state-chartered magnet school located in Northern Virginia. It is a regional high school operated by Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).  Attendance at TJ is open to students in six local jurisdictions based on an admissions test and prior academic achievement.

Langley High School is located in McLean, Virginia, within the Fairfax County Public Schools system. The LHS academic program follows standard Virginia guidelines, requiring 24 credits for graduation.  Additionally provided at Langley is the Advanced Placement (AP) program. Langley offers one of the most comprehensive AP programs available, featuring more than 20 AP level classes in every discipline. Significant courses include the school’s Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra classes, as well as the only Russian courses offered in a Fairfax County Public High School outside of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

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Prince William County Schools in Virginia released the SAT scores for the 2010-11 school year showing that county students outperformed the national average in Reading and performed closely with the rest of the nation on Writing and Math.

The College Board’s report announced that graduating high school seniors in Prince William County Schools, Virginia, who took the SAT college entrance test averaged 502 in reading, 487 in writing, and 501 in math. Each section of the SAT test is scored on a 200 to 800 scale.

The national average in reading was 497, in writing 489, and in math 514.

The average score for critical reading achieved by PWCPS students exceeded the national average in six of the 10 high schools in the County. Those schools were Battlefield (517), Brentsville (518), Forest Park (513), Hylton (504), Osbourn Park (524) and Woodbridge (504).

Participation in the exam increased by more than 400 graduating high school seniors in 2011 from the total in 2009-10.

Prince William County Public Schools SAT test scores in 2011

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Read about Fairfax County Public Schools Virginia SAT test scores.

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Students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) class of 2011 outperformed their peers in Virginia and the nation on the SAT test.  FCPS scores are 39 points above  the state’s average in Critical Reading, 54 points above the state’s average in Mathematics, and 45 points above the state’s average in Writing. SAT results compiled by the College Board show that FCPS students posted average scores of 551 in Critical Reading, 563 in Mathematics, and 540 in Writing for an overall composite score of 1654, down from last year’s overall composite score of 1663 (see Table 1). Slight decreases were also observed in state and national composites.

Five schools in Fairfax County made one-year gains in all three sections: Centreville High School, Hayfield Secondary School, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Madison High School, and Woodson High School. Students at Lake Braddock Secondary School posted the greatest gains by increasing the school’s Critical Reading average by 13 points, the Mathematics average by 2 points, and the Writing average by 10 points. Students at Hayfield Secondary School posted the second highest gains, raising the Critical Reading average by 8 points, the Mathematics average by 4 points, and the Writing average by 10 points (see Table 2).

Of the 25 high schools in FCPS, 15 saw an increase in their Critical Reading average, 11 saw an increase in their Mathematics average, and 10 saw an increase in their Writing average over the last year.  Fairfax High School and Madison High School students made steady gains in Critical Reading in each of the last three years while students at Mount Vernon High School made steady gains in both Critical Reading and Mathematics over the last three years.

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Fairfax County Public Schools VA News Release: http://commweb.fcps.edu/newsreleases/newsrelease.cfm?newsid=1795

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NOTE: Fairfax County Public Schools did analysis of College Board data that includes only students from FCPS’ class of 2011 in its results (see Table 4).

NOTE: College Board data may include the scores of students from other jurisdictions and students who are home schooled who took the SAT in Fairfax County high schools. The FCPS analysis uses the test scores of students who were members of the senior class in June 2011—based on the FCPS student information system— and race-ethnic designations taken from school registration records. The FCPS analysis excludes all non-FCPS students as well as students who were tested while enrolled in FCPS but who moved or may have been retained and were not part of the senior class.

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Overall nationwide SAT scores decreased.

Maryland’s average SAT score fell six points to 1,492  out of 2,400 — eight points below the national average of 1,500. Virginia  dropped five points but kept its head above the nation with an average composite  score of 1,516.

The nationwide decrease is a trend several experts  called alarming. College Board, the nonprofit that administers the test, has  identified a score of 1,550 as a “benchmark,” indicating a 65 percent likelihood  that a student will achieve a B- or higher as a college freshman.

The average critical reading score dipped to 497 nationwide out of 800, the lowest score in the test’s 40-year history. The  average writing score also hit its lowest point, 489, since the writing portion  was introduced in 2006. Math remained relatively stable at 514, a mark it has  fluctuated around in the last 10 years.

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Read more at the Washington Examiner:  http://washingtonexaminer.com/local/dc/2011/09/sat-scores-fall-across-area-and-nation#ixzz1Y4AiAT25

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Leesburg Virginia won Money Magazine’s List of the Best Towns to Live for Northern Virginia area and was placed at number 4 on the Money Magazine’s List of the Top 100 Places To Live in United States for the year of 2011.

Money Magazine also placed Herndon VA at number 34, just ahead of Oakton VA at number 36 on the list. Montclair, a Northern Virginia community located in Prince William County VA was at number 35.

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LEESBURG, Virginia

“Leesburg, which snuggles up to the Virginia-Maryland border, offers proximity to plenty of good jobs not just in government but also in defense contracting, consulting, and technology. True, commutes can be abysmal. But residents say that the tradeoff to live in this pretty town, which has seen more history than a Ken Burns film, is worth it. Many antebellum red-brick buildings still stand, now filled with restaurants and art galleries.”

http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2011/snapshots/PL5144984.html

More about Leesburg, VA: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leesburg,_Virginia

Leesburg, Virginia, is the seat of the Loudoun County, Virginia, government. Loudoun County continues to hold it’s title as the most wealthy county in USA with the median household income at $112,000 in 2010.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highest-income_counties_in_the_United_States

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HERNDON, Virginia

Herndon is located in the northwest corner of the Fairfax County in Virginia. The town provides a great base to explore the many jobs in the area. Herndon is located near the so-called Dulles Technology Corridor, and is home to such world- known companies as AOL, Microsoft, and Verizon. Many Herndon residents also work in Washington D.C. which is located about 22 miles away. The Herndon public schools are known for being talent magnets. Newsweek consistently ranks Herndon High in the top 5 percent of the country.”

The median sale price of a home in Herndon, through July 2011, was $454,500, according to Zillow.com. A total of 138 Herndon homes sold in July, according to the site.

According to the Census Bureau, there are 6,962 Herndon households, out of which 41.7 percent had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.8 percent were married couples living together, 9.4 percent had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.6 percent were non-families.

The median income for a household in the town was $92,947, and the median income for a family was $108,446, according to a 2007 estimate.

Herndon is one of the four incorporated towns in Fairfax County, Virginia.

http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2011/snapshots/PL5136648.html

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OAKTON, Virginia 

Oakton, Virginia is another Fairfax County, Virginia community that made the Money’s 2011 list. Oakton is an un-incorporated town.

Money Magazine wrote: “Hundreds of tall oak trees–from which the town got its name–dot the rolling countryside here,” the Money editors wrote. “But scenic vistas are hardly the only reason to live in Oakton. This affluent unincorporated area is a logical choice for commuters to D.C. and to area jobs hub Tysons Corner: it’s located along both U.S. 66 and Route 123. And the schools here are very good.”

The article notes that the tradeoff comes in the form of home prices. According to Zillow.com, the average sale price of an Oakton home is $675,500, which is up 3.1 percent in the last 12 months.

According to census figures, Oakton is comprised of 11,118 households, out of which 32.7 percent had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.8 percent were married couples living together, 7.9 percent had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.2 percent were non-families. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.08.

According to a 2010 estimate, the median income for an Oakton household was $167,512, and the median income for a family was  $188,308.

http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2011/snapshots/PL5158472.html

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MONTCLAIR, Virginia

Montclair in Prince William County, Virginia made the Money Magazine’s List  in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011. Montclair VA was number 35 on the 2011 List, right after Herndon VA at number 34 and before Oakton Va at number 36.

Magazine wrote: “Montclair is located 25 minutes south of the Beltway and 40 minutes from Washington, D.C., this unincorporated area offers residents plenty of commutable jobs plus lots of wide-open space. Homes surround a 108-acre man-made lake, the site of community activities such as Montclair Day in June and Fourth of July fireworks. Nearby Prince William National Forest Park offers various camping and walking trails to explore the outdoors.”

http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2011/snapshots/PL5152658.html

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Direct Link to the Money Magazine’s 2011 List of 100 Best Town to live:

http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2011/snapshots/PL0846355.html

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SOURCE:  Money Magazine

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A Fairfax student was suspended for two weeks from school for taking her birth control pills at lunch time. The pills were prescribed by the teen’s doctor and approved by her mother. According to school policies, the student’s pills should have been kept in the school clinic with the nurse.

Fairfax County Schools’ safe and drug-free youth program makes carrying any pills in the backpack or in the packets a serious offence.  

All Northern Virginia Public School Systems have a very strict NO DRUGS policy – at least on the school grounds.  Most schools have zero-tolerance policies on drugs.

No Drugs policy includes over-the-counter drugs, prescription drugs, and pretend drugs found in student lockers or pockets.

While the stringent rules may seem excessive and severe at times, those rules are designed to create a school environment conducive to learning, to protect the students/minors from potential drug abuse, to ensure the enforceability of the policy, and to simply make school life more manageable and orderly. It also protects the schools from legal liability. 

In Virginia, all school systems must comply with state code. In general, students face expulsion if they bring to school any “controlled substance” or addictive drug regulated by the federal government.  In Maryland, schools systems are allowed to set their own drug policies.  In the District, prescription medications without a doctor’s order is confiscated in school.

The student and her mother maintain that the decision to take birth-control pills is personal and should not draw the same punishment as bringing a gun to school would, and that putting the birth-control pills in the same category as illegal drugs and handguns stigmatizes responsible behavior.

SOURCE: The Washington Post

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Location,  Location,  Location….. is an old mantra and a top predictor of a Real Estate success.

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For many parents of school aged children,  school district and the quality of education provided for their children is very closely next on the list.

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According to a report released by the College Board February 4, 2009,  Maryland and Virginia parents have every reason to be proud of their offspring and content with the education system – assuming that AP scores are a reasonably good measure of a quality of the education that our students receive.  

There are some who would disagree, however AP tests are probably a better predictor than class ranking where the difficulty of classes taken by the student is not taken into consideration at all – only the grade received.

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Advanced Placement, AP, classes give students the opportunity to earn college credit at no or minimal cost, and the opportunity to take more challenging classes while in high school.

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 The College Board Report placed Maryland as top No 1 in AP tests for 2008

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Nearly 25% of Maryland’s graduating seniors passed at least one AP, Advanced Placement, exam with a score of 3 or better in 2008. Only grades of 3 or better on at least 1 (one) AP exam are taken into account.  Maryland had the highest passing rate among the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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New York ranked second and Virginia third, followed by Connecticut.

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21.3 percent of Virginia’s 2008 public school graduates earned a grade of 3 or better on at least one AP exam.  Nationally, 15.2 percent of students in the class of 2008 satisfied the requirement.

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The rank #1, counting from the bottom, went to Louisiana, with only 3.7 percent of its students scoring 3 or better on at least one AP exam in 2008.  Could it be one more byproduct left by hurricane Katrina?

 

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