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Marshall County is one of only two counties in West Virginia to receive recognition from the AP College Board. Marshall County Schools sits among the 373 school districts in the United States and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll.

The AP District Honor Roll commends school districts devoted to increasing access to Advanced Placement courses for underrepresented students while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher.

Marshall County Schools is dedicated to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds. The rigorous AP programs have proven to be quite the asset for the school district.  The AP programs have seen a large rise in test scores, even more so than in previous years.

This means between 2016 and 2018, John Marshall High School increased AP participation from 6% to 11%. JM had a passing rate of 66% overall, which is well over West Virginia’s average passing rate of 47%.

The school scored over the international average passing rate of 61% overall. John Marshall has improved performance levels significantly from 2016 to 2018. With 2018 being the first year John Marshall has ever surpassed international achievement averages.

JM AP English teacher Jonna Kuskey believes her students have a lot of potential. “I’m thrilled about it. I’m not surprised, Kuskey explained. “When our students really push themselves, and they show that passion for that subject they can do a whole lot. I think they surprise themselves in how well they do.”

Inclusion on the 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2016 to 2018, for the following criteria:

  • Increased participation/access to AP by at least 4% in large districts, at least 6% in medium districts, and at least 11% in small districts.
  • Increased or maintained percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students taking exams and increased or maintained the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students scoring 3+ on at least one AP Exam; and
  • Improved performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2018 scoring a 3 or higher than those in 2016, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70% of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.

Article written by Ethan Cameron, Senior WJMH Broadcasting Student

Photograph by Justin Hall, Senior WJMH Broadcasting Student

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