The Honor Roll recognizes districts for making significant gains in student performance and access to Advanced Placement courses.
Since 2011, Frisco ISD has increased the number of students participating in AP Exams by 17 percent while improving the percentage of students earning scores of three or higher by three percent.
“We applaud the extraordinary efforts of the devoted teachers and administrators who are offering more students the opportunity to engage in rigorous college-level course work,” said Trevor Packer, the College Board’s senior vice president of AP and Instruction. “These outcomes are a powerful testament to educators’ belief that a more diverse population of students is ready for the sort of rigor that will prepare them for success in college.”
Roughly 4,900 Frisco ISD students are currently enrolled in nearly 10,850 AP courses. That includes nearly 53 percent of current juniors and seniors who are taking at least one AP course.
In May 2013, nearly 72 percent of all FISD students who took an AP Exam scored a three or better.
In most cases, a student who scores a four or five will receive college credit for the course, ultimately saving students and their families hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in college tuition.
“AP courses have helped create an environment at our schools where students can persevere, work hard and test their abilities in a safe and comfortable setting,” said Director of Guidance and Counseling Brenda Russell. “They learn great study habits, build confidence and develop skills to prepare them for the challenges of college and career.”
Inclusion on the 4th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2011 to 2013, for the following criteria. Districts must:
- · Increase participation/access to AP by at least four percent in large districts, at least six percent in medium districts, and at least 11 percent in small districts;
- · Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students, and;
- · Improve performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2013 scoring a three or higher to those in 2011, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring a three or higher.
Reaching these goals indicates that a district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit from rigorous AP course work.
A total of 477 school districts in the U.S. and Canada made the list.
Story submitted by Meghan Youker, Frisco ISD