OLYMPIA, Wash.--Five Washington school districts are being honored by the College Board for their students' Advanced Placement (AP) test participation.

The districts are Olympia, Seattle, Bellevue, Northshore and Shoreline. Those districts are on the 2011 AP Achievement List for giving more students an opportunity to do college-level work while still in high school. Less than 400 school districts in the nation received this honor.

College Board selected the Seattle School District for offering AP courses to a broader pool of students, while still maintaining or improving the percentage of students earning scores of 3, the score typically needed to earn college credit, or higher. In three years, the district also increased the number of students participating in AP classes by nearly 250 students.

We are immensely proud of our Seattle Public Schools students who are taking AP exams and doing college-level work, said Dr. Susan Enfield, Interim SPS Superintendent. It is clear that a growing number of our students see the value in pursuing challenging educational opportunities while in high school, and we are fortunate to have outstanding teachers and principals to guide them along the way.

The AP Achievement List is made up of all school districts that are simultaneously expanding opportunity and improving performance, so even low-performing districts are included if they have been able to maintain or improve scores while expanding access. The list includes 388 school districts representing 43 states.

Participation in college-level AP courses can level the playing field for underserved students, give them the confidence needed to succeed in college, and raise standards and performance in key subjects like science and math, said College Board President Gaston Caperton. The AP Achievement List districts are defying expectations by expanding access while enabling their students to maintain or improve their AP Exam scores.

The complete AP Achievement List can be found at

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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