The number of Washington County Public Schools students taking Advanced Placement exams reached an all-time high during the last school year, Boyd Michael, executive director for secondary education, told the Washington County Board of Education during Tuesday's meeting.
School board member Bernadette Wagner attributed the increase to the board's decision in January to give Advanced Placement classes more weight than regular classes. Students are more likely to take a tough Advanced Placement class if they know it carries more weight than another course, she said.
According to the adopted policy, an "A" in Advanced Placement courses - college-level courses taught according to a national curriculum linked to a national assessment - would equal 5 points. A "B" in an Advanced Placement course would equal 4 points. Four points is the current weight for an "A" in a nonweighted course.