Fresh on the heels of December's revelation that the Manatee County school district's graduation and dropout rates are improving -- remarkably so on both counts -- another striking academic distinction has arrived. Manatee County is one of only two school districts in Florida to merit a College Board honor concerning Advanced Placement course work.
This week, the board placed Manatee's district on the Fourth Annual AP District Honor Roll for expanding access to AP classes and increasing or retaining the percentage of students earning top scores, 3 or higher on AP exams.
The College Board's criteria for earning honor roll status cover three years of AP data, from 2011 to 2013. Manatee County made the grade by increasing the district's AP student population by 260 and scoring a 6 percent improvement in student exam marks of 3 or higher.
We echo Superintendent Rick Mill's congratulations to students, teachers, guidance counselors and administrators who helped accomplish this honor over the past few years. We look forward to the day when the district's statewide academic standing ranks among the best.