VAHS Placed on College Board’s Annual AP® District Honor Roll

VAHS Placed on College Board’s Annual AP® District Honor Roll
Posted on 01/15/2016
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Verona Area High School Placed on the College Board’s 6th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for Significant Gains in Student Access and Success
Verona is 1 of 31 schools in Wisconsin to take the honor

[Verona, WI] — Verona Area School District (VASD) is one of only 31 schools in the state and 425 schools in the U.S. and Canada to be honored by the College Board with placement on the 6th Annual Advanced Placement (AP®) District Honor Roll.

VASD was selected for increasing access to AP course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. Reaching these goals indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for the opportunity of AP. Since 2012, VASD has increased the number of students participating in AP while improving the number of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher.

“It’s an honor to work with so many high school teachers that desire to focus on offering the opportunity for our students to excel,” said Verona Area High School Principal Pam Hammen. “Our students will only excel when they are offered the opportunity, and our teachers are devoted to assisting them along the way. This will only increase our student goal of post high school education and success in life beyond.”

National data from 2015 show that among black/African American, Hispanic, and Native American students with a high degree of readiness for AP, only about half of students are participating. The first step to delivering the opportunity of AP to students is providing access by ensuring courses are available, that gatekeeping stops, and that the doors are equitably opened so these students can participate. AP Honor Roll District’s are committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.

Helping more students learn at a higher level and earn higher AP scores is an objective of all members of the AP community, from AP teachers to district and school administrators to college professors. Many districts are experimenting with a variety of initiatives and strategies to determine how to simultaneously expand access and improve student performance.

More than 3,800 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, and/or consideration in the admission process, with many colleges and universities in the United States offering credit in one or more subjects for qualifying AP scores.

Inclusion on the 6th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2013 to 2015, for the following criteria:
•Increased 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;
•Increased or maintained the percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students, and;
•Improved performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2015 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2013, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.

When these outcomes have been achieved among an AP student population in which 30 percent or more are underrepresented minority students (Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native) and/or 30 percent or more are low-income students (students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch), a symbol has been affixed to the district name to highlight this work.

The complete 6th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found here.

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