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Board of Ed looks at value of AP courses

November 29, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

At last week's Canfield Board of Education meeting, board members were presented with information on where Canfield Schools stand on the recent report card list and the value of the district's Advanced Placement courses.

Canfield High School 9-10 Principal Mike Moldovan said the Ohio Department of Education's list of 725 Ohio schools had rated Canfield High School at number 25. Out of 120 possible points on the performance index, Canfield came in with 110.5 to put it near the top.

"This is an outstanding accomplishment of our students and staff," Moldovan said.

High school 11-12 Principal John Tullio said one thing that helps is the AP classes at CHS. AP classes give students the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school by taking the courses that are a bit more demanding. The courses help give students a jump start into their chosen field of study.

Tullio also noted that he is watching closely as Ohio House Bill 555 is being considered on the state level. If the bill became law, it would change the way the state report card for school districts is computed. One criteria under the bill, he said, is the number of students taking AP classes. College attendance after graduation is also a factor in the proposed legislation.

"It is expected that 30 percent of school districts in Ohio will see a drop in their report card status," Tullio said.

He said Canfield offers a good number of AP classes that could keep Canfield in a better position should HB 555 pass.

Superintendent Alex Geordan said. "Our staff is working hard for Race to the Top in standards and assessments. We're making sure when kids walk across the stage at graduation, that they are college ready."

Geordan added that to accomplish and maintain that goal may come at a cost.

"If we want to keep AP classes growing, we will have to discuss additional income," he said.

In other business:

The board read resolutions honoring the following: Ohio Music Education Association band performers, boys golf team, boys soccer team, football team, district champ and regional finalist girls soccer team, AAC girls golf champs, AAC girls tennis champs, and girls soccer coach Phil Simone who was named Coach of the Year.



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