MCPS Takes First Place in Ranking on College-Preparedness, STEM Career Readiness

Wheaton High also recognized for student performance in AP, science courses


Wheaton High School


Montgomery County Public Schools has ranked first among other school districts nationwide for having the most students to earn recognition for college preparedness and a career in science or technology.

College Board and Project Lead the Way last week awarded more than 3,000 students in the U.S. for their accomplishments in the 2016-2017 academic year.

“Students who earn the achievement have demonstrated success in both academic and applied coursework and have experience applying advanced content knowledge to address real-world challenges,” the program’s website stated.

Compared to other school districts, MCPS had the most students who’d earned the AP + PLTW Student Achievements, followed by districts in Illinois and Texas and Howard County Public Schools in Maryland. Wheaton High School, which focuses on project-based learning, had the second-most students with the achievement, behind Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Illinois, according to the announcement.

The two-year-old AP + PLTW program promotes college and career pathways that connect project-based learning and AP courses. The program also recognizes students who pursue these avenues and offers career-focused opportunities for young people. The goal is increasing student interest in STEM (science, engineering, technology and math) degrees and careers.

Students are eligible for AP + PLTW Student Achievements if they’ve earned an AP exam score of 3 or higher; a PLTW end-of-course test score of proficient or better; and a third such score on either an AP exam or PLTW test.

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