Houghton Schools receive AP honor

HOUGHTON – Houghton-Portage Township Schools has increased the opportunity to take Advanced Placement classes while keeping scores high.

That earned it a spot on the College Board’s third annual AP District Honor Roll.

This is the district’s first time on the list, said Superintendent Doreen Klingbeil.

“We’re really pleased,” she said. “There’s only 477 school districts in the U.S. and Canada that are receiving this. We’re very proud we can offer these classes to our students.”

Seventy-two students, primarily juniors and seniors at Houghton High School, take AP classes. Houghton offers six: chemistry, biology, calculus, English, U.S. History and geography.

Students who receive a 3, 4 or 5 on the tests can receive college credit.

“The teachers that teach the courses here on staff, many have obtained further education to teach these classes or they’ve undertaken further professional development in the summer to teach them, because it is a rigorous curriculum in the AP class,” Klingbeil said.

The College Board based each year’s roll on the past three years of AP test data. Districts must also:

increase participation by at least 4 percent in large districts, 6 percent in medium districts and 11 percent in small districts.

Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by African-American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native students.

Show a higher percentage of students scoring 3 or higher in 2013 than in 2011, unless more than 70 percent of students are already passing the tests.