Gov. Gary Herbert visited Park City High on Wednesday to recognize the school for its achievement on Advanced Placement (AP) exams.
“The AP success of Utah high schools, especially Park City, is a great indicator that we have the best and brightest students in this state and we are on the pathway to prepare them for college,” Herbert said, according to a news release.
Some Utah high schools had a greater number of kids take AP tests and higher passage rates, but based on a formula looking at the percent of a school’s students taking AP tests and passage rate, state leaders deemed Park City the top performing AP school in the state this year. At Park City High, 43 percent of the student body passed AP exams.
Herbert awarded the school with “History of Utah,” a 120-year-old book written by Orson F. Whitney, that will travel each year to the state’s top AP school. Herbert and his Education Excellence Commission also served students a free lunch sponsored by Fidelity Investments.
Herbert recognized the school Wednesday in collaboration with the commission and Prosperity 2020, a Utah business-led initiative to boost education.
Last school year, more than 20,000 Utah teens took the exams through which students can earn college credit. That number is nearly 11 percent more than the year before, according to results released Monday by the College Board.
The Beehive State also beat the nation, with a 68 percent passage rate, compared with 59 percent nationwide. That’s about the same passage rate as the year before in Utah.