The Sewanhaka Central High School District was recently recognized as an AP Honor Roll School District by the College Board for simultaneously increasing access to AP course work while increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.
Achieving both of these goals is the ideal scenario for a district’s AP program because it indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit most from rigorous AP course work, according to a statement from the College Board.
Northport was one of seven districts throughout Long Island, over 30 throughout New York, and 539 throughout the US and Canada to achieve this recogntion. Massacheusetts had the highest number of AP Honor Roll school districts in the US, coming in at 46. See the full list of schools in the attached PDF.
Inclusion on the Third Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2010 to 2012 for the following criteria.
- Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts and at least 11 percent in small districts;
- Ensure that the percentage of African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students taking AP Exams did not decrease by more than 5 percent for large and medium districts or by more than 10 percent for small districts;
- Improve performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2012 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2010, unless the district has already attained a performance level in which more than 70 percent of the AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.
“We applaud the extraordinary efforts of the devoted teachers and administrators in these 539 districts, who are fostering rigorous work worth doing," said College Board President, David Coleman. "These educators have not only expanded student access to AP course work, but they have enabled more of their students to achieve on a college level—which is helping to create a strong college-going culture.”