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More in Dist. 301 taking AP courses

Updated: December 22, 2012 6:20AM

BURLINGTON — Central Community Unit School District 301 has been honored by the College Board for increasing the number students taking Advancement Placement courses and scoring higher in those courses.

The district is on the board’s third annual Advanced Placement District Honor Roll for simultaneously increasing access to AP course work while increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams.

District 301 is one of 539 school districts across 44 of the 50 states and Canada to achieve this honor.

“In 2010, Central High School had 174 students enrolled in at least one AP course,” said Esther Martin, District 301 assistant superintendent of teaching and learning. “This number has consistently improved, with 271 students taking at least one AP course in 2012. This represents an increase of 97 students.”

“Additionally,” Martin noted, “we have seen an increase in the number of Central High students taking at least one AP exam. In 2010, 71 students took at least one AP exam, as compared to 120 students taking the exam in 2012. This represents an increase of 49 students.”

Central High currently offers 17 different AP courses: biology, calculus, chemistry, computer science, English language and composition, English literature and composition, German language and culture, physics, psychology, Spanish language and culture, statistics, studio art, U.S. government and politics, and U.S. history.

More than 90 percent of colleges and universities across the United States offer college credit, advanced placement or both for a score of 3 or above on an AP exam, which also can potentially save students and their families thousands of dollars in college tuition.

Martin said the AP scores prove that the district is “moving in the right direction.” She said that last year was the first time the district added AP Psychology.

In other news, Superintendent Todd Stirn said the Illinois Department of Transportation would like to hold public hearings at Central High School about proposed improvements to the intersection of Plato Road and Route 47.

Stirn said that the district would be willing to host the hearings.

IDOT is looking into either a controlled intersection or a roundabout for the intersection.

According to the Kane County Division of Transportation website, a roundabout is proposed for the Burlington Road/Route 47 intersection to the south of Plato Road.

The website states that IDOT “approved the design of the proposed roundabout in July of 2011. The Kane County Division of Transportation has retained Burns & McDonnell to prepare contract plans and specifications for the roundabout. The detailed design phase began in November of 2011 and is expected to last approximately 12 months. Construction is planned for the spring of 2013. Public outreach events are being planned to give area drivers more information about the proposed improvement.”

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