Columbus North picked as AP award recipient

Indiana Department of Education has honored Columbus North High School with a 2016 Advanced Placement Award.

The high school is among more than 70 high schools in Indiana who received the distinction. AP is a research-backed method to facilitate student participation and success through college-level courses and exams in high schools.

To be selected, schools must have at least 25 percent of their 2016 graduating class receiving a score of 3 or 4 on an AP exam.

For the 2015-16 school year, 11,904 graduating students in Indiana passed at least one AP exam with a 3 or better, an increase of 6 percent over the prior year and an increase of 114 percent in the past 10 years, the department of education said.

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