MILFORD >> The public school system has been named to the College Board’s seventh annual AP District Honor Roll, based on significant gains in providing access to and for student success in the Advanced Placement Program.

Milford is one of 13 public school districts in the state to receive the honor this year.

To be given the distinction, districts had to increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP exam scores of 3 or higher, documented over three years.

The designation acknowledges the district is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds. In 2016, the district administered more than 1,200 AP exams to students at the high school level with 60 percent of those receiving a score of 3 or higher.

‘CONCERTED EFFORT’

Superintendent of Schools Elizabeth Feser said the district “has made a concerted effort to increase access to AP courses for a wider range of students while maintaining high expectations for those courses.”

“Our students not only are embracing the opportunity to learn material at a deep level, but also are demonstrating their ability to succeed in internationally recognized college level classes. The program has provided a real benefit to our district.”

Trevor Packer, the College Board’s head of AP and instruction said, “Teachers and administrators are delivering real opportunity in their schools and classrooms, and students are rising to the challenge.”

Helping more students learn at a higher level and earn higher AP scores is an objective of all members of the AP community, from AP teachers to district and school administrators to college professors.

According to the College Board, many districts are experimenting with initiatives and strategies to see how they can expand access and improve student performance at the same time.

In 2016, more than 4,000 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, or both, and/or consideration in the admission process.

Inclusion on the honor roll is based on a review of AP data 2014-16.

For more information, http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/score_reports_data/awards/232608.html.