- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

FRANKLIN PARK, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois school district is receiving an award for its college prep courses.

The Advanced Placement Program on Tuesday announced that the Leyden High School District in the Chicago suburb of Franklin Park received the award for smaller districts.

The award is based on three years of performance and recognizes Leyden for increasing student participation and performance in AP courses.

Participation has increased by 17 percent and the number of students receiving a score of three or higher by 7 percent annually. More minority students also are earning scores eligible for college credit.

In most cases, a score of three or higher is needed for college credit.

Leyden superintendent Nick Polyak says the school doesn’t “hand-pick” students for AP classes. He says they encourage everyone to enroll in the courses.

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