State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi recently offered congratulations to two Oklahoma school districts that were included on the Second Annual AP District Honor Roll by College Board.
Miami Public Schools made the list for the second year in a row; Union Public Schools was added to the roll this year. The distinction means the districts achieved significant gains in AP access and student performance over the past three years.
“I applaud both districts for elevating the learning of their students through growing their Advanced Placement programs,” Barresi said. “Results are clear that the more AP classes a student takes the better his or her chances are in performing well in college. The skills taught in these rigorous classes will only improve a student’s success in life.”
This year’s AP Honor Roll is made up of only those public school districts that are simultaneously expanding opportunity and improving performance for Advanced Placement courses. The list includes 367 school districts across 43 states and Canada, 13 of which are from the Southwestern Region of the College Board.
Inclusion on the AP Honor Roll is based on an examination of AP data from 2009 to 2011 and an increase in participation in or access to AP courses by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts and at least 11 percent in small districts.
Further criteria include: A steady or increasing percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native students; and performance levels maintained or improved when comparing the percentage of students in 2011 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2009, or the school has already attained a performance level in which more than 70 percent of the AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.