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Friday, February 09, 2007

Congratulations Volusia County Schools

Greetings from Atlanta and the College Board Southern Regional Forum.

Earlier today, during the Recognition Luncheon, the Access to Excellence Award for Districts was awarded to the Volusia County Schools. The award recognizes a district’s commitment to excellence for ALL students.  The Volusia County School District has worked to close the academic achievement gap among its students. To accomplish their goal, the Volusia Schools developed a comprehensive plan that focuses on increased academic rigor for all students. As a result of their commitment:

-The number of AP test takers has increased 179% since 2000, including an increase of 252% for African-American students and 197% for Hispanic test takers
-The number of AP exams have more than doubled since 2000
-Florida College Readiness indicators have increased and are above state averages.

Congratulations to the Volusia County School District for your efforts to close the academic achievement gap!

Rich Downs
Florida School Counseling Consultant

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