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(Beloit, WI) Excerpts Courtesy of the Beloit Daily News

More Beloit Turner High School students are taking AP tests, earning a 3 or higher and earning AP Scholar recognition.

During the 2014-2015 school year, 105 students completed an AP course at Turner High School. It marked the fourth consecutive year where the number of students completing AP exams at Turner High School increased.

As a school, 22.9 percent of Turner’s total student body completed an AP exam during the 2014-2015 school year, exceeding the state average by 7.2 percent. Turner High School also experienced an increase in the number of AP tests administered to students. This is the sixth consecutive year where the number of AP exams administered to Turner High School has increased.

While the number of students participating in AP courses has increased, the percentage of Turner High School students earning a 3 or higher has consistently exceeded 60 percent over the past two years. According to the 2014-2015 AP results, 61 percent of Turner High School students earned a 3 or higher on their AP exam.

Sixteen students have been recognized individually by the College Board. The AP Scholar Awards recognize individual students for their exceptional achievement on AP Exams. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams.

Turner High School continues to experience significant growth related to the performance of their AP students and number of courses being offered.

During the 2014-2015 school year, Turner High School students completed exams in nine different courses. The classes included: AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Psychology, AP Government and Politics, AP Statistics and AP U.S. History.

Students also have access to 11 additional AP courses being offered through the Beloit Turner Virtual School. These classes include: AP Art History, AP Computer Science, AP English Language & Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP French, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Physics, AP Spanish and AP World History.

The district is also scoring well with regards to its music program, as the Board of Education recently approved a $60,000 per year plan to purchase new band equipment.

The school was looking to reduce fees for students and families, said Superintendent Dennis McCarthy at the meeting.

The district has five bands between the middle school and high school levels. Ultimately the plan would allow students to bypass additional costs and rent through the school.

Beloit Turner High School Band Director Will Brown said the plan was a wise investment.

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