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Record number of Valley View students earn college credit through AP placement

8/5/2016, midnight
Over 200 students earned college credit through advancement placement exams taken last school year.

More Valley View School District 365U students took Advanced Placement exams in 2015-16 than ever before, and record numbers received college credit, according to figures provided by the College Board AP Scholar program.

Some 213 Romeoville High School students took the exams last spring, an increase of 67 percent over the 2014-15 totals of 127 and more than double the 103 RHS students who took the exams five years ago. Of the 213 RHS students who took the 2015-16 exams, 143 achieved scores of 3 or better, the minimum needed to achieve college credit. Just three years ago, only 80 students earned 3’s or better.

At Bolingbrook High School, 331 students took the 2015-16 exams, up 3 percent from a year ago and up 68 percent from five years ago. Seventy percent (233) of all BHS students who took the exams achieved a 3 or better score, thus receiving college credit. That’s a 66 percent increase over the 140 students who got 3 or better five years ago.

“This is further validation that the high expectations and collaborative supports put in place as the foundation of The New View are playing a significant role in helping our students become college and career ready,” said VVSD Superintendent Dr. James Mitchem Jr.