In a July 22 Advanced Placement (AP) conference in San Francisco, Hillsborough County was one of four counties in the entire nation honored by College Board.
College Board awarded the Beacon Award to the county for succeeding in using AP courses to create a culture based on college readiness.
Along with this, from 2008 to 2010, Hillsborough County had the largest increase in students earning a 3 or better on the AP exams (1,814).
The county also increased AP course participation by an annual rate of 19 percent.
During the ceremony, Senior Vice President of the College Board’s College Readiness division Eric Cantor pointed out Superintendent MaryEllen Elia as the brains behind the county’s success.
“(She) is a visionary leader who has taken one of the largest districts in the nation and achieved real transformation in a relatively short period of time. Her dedication to the students of Hillsborough is exemplary,” said Cantor.