Two local school districts are among three in Utah to be named to the 2013 AP Honor Roll.
Davis School District and Morgan School District, along with the Alpine School District in Utah County, won the honors, according to The College Board, creators of the AP exams.
The honor recognizes districts that have simultaneously increased access to AP courses while maintaining or increasing the number of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP tests.
Davis School District, winner in the large district category, had 3,480 students take 5,892 exams with a success rate of 73.5 percent.
"Being named to the AP Honor Roll is becoming a tradition in our school district," said Chris Williams, district spokesman. "I believe we're the only district in the state that has been named to the AP Honor Roll for four years in a row -- since the creation of the Honor Roll. And we hope it's a tradition we can continue.
"I think our school counselors and teachers really do a great job not only encouraging students to take AP classes, but also to move forward and take the AP exams. Taking an AP exam can be a bit daunting, but, as the numbers show, our teachers really prepare our students to be successful. And of course, the students are the ones who are really stepping up."
The Morgan School District, winner in the small district category, had 108 students take 226 exams with a success rate of 55.8 percent.
Wade Murdock, principal of Morgan High School, the only district high school, attributes his district's improvement to everybody involved.
"It's obviously an honor for our AP teachers and the school as a whole," he said. "It's a tribute not only to Morgan High, but to the district. We also have good kids, good families and good parents. It shows the expectations and excellence we try to promote here at Morgan."
Alpine School District, in the medium category, had 2,587 students take 3,311 exams with a success rate of 76.7 percent.
A total of 20,638 Utah public school students took 33,217 exams in 2013 with a success rate of 67.4 percent, according to information released by the Utah State Office of Education.
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