WCPS Recognized as Part of an Elite National Ranking

WCPS Recognized as Part of an Elite National Ranking

Hagerstown, MD (February 5, 2009): Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) is again part of an elite national ranking announced yesterday by the College Board and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).
After being ranked number one by Education Week's "Quality Counts" report, Maryland now has the highest percentage of high school graduates taking Advanced Placement courses and the highest percentage of graduates demonstrating college-level mastery on the exams.
In the Washington Post today, Dr. Nancy Grasmick, Maryland's superintendent of schools, called out Washington County by name as a school system that has put forth huge efforts to increase participation in these high-level courses.
"Under Dr. Grasmick's excellent leadership, Washington County continues to contribute significantly to the state's overall academic success," said Dr. Elizabeth Morgan, WCPS superintendent. "To be recognized by her is an honor and a tribute to our students, teachers and school communities."
As reported earlier, WCPS continues to increase participation in
Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate course work, at the same time maintaining consistent passing scores on advanced exams. In 2000, WCPS administered 346 exams, and steadily increased that number to 1,360 exams in 2008.
"This is very good news again for the state and Washington County," said Donna Hanlin, assistant superintendent for Secondary Education.
"Providing rigorous course work to students remains a top priority for our system, and we will continue providing them more opportunities to be challenged at higher levels."