Brookfield Public School District is one of fewer than 400 public school districts in the nation being honored by the College Board with a place on the second annual AP Honor Roll for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement coursework while maintaining or 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 Advanced Placement program, because it indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit most from AP coursework.
Since 2009, Brookfield Public School District increased the number of students participating in AP from 118 to 161, while maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher from 88 percent in 2009 to 86 percent in 2011. The majority of U.S. colleges and universities grant college credit or advanced placement for a score of 3 or above on AP exams.
“This distinctive honor attests to the continued commitment of our teachers in providing quality instruction and challenging our students to reach their fullest potential,” Superintendent Anthony Bivona said of the recognition.
The 2011 AP Honor Roll includes 367 school districts across 43 states and Canada. Pennsylvania led all states with 34 public school districts named to the list, followed by Massachusetts and New York, both with 30.
“Participation in college-level AP courses can level the playing field for underserved students, give them the confidence needed to succeed in college and raise standards and performance in key subjects like science and math,” College Board President Gaston Caperton said. “The AP Honor Roll districts are defying expectations by expanding access while enabling their students to maintain or improve their AP Exam scores.”
Many U.S. school districts have focused on expanding access to AP courses as part of a strategy to improve college readiness. While these efforts have resulted in more students earning scores of 3 or better — these efforts also have resulted in more students earning scores of 1 or 2. Accordingly, there has been a slight decline since 2001 in the percentage of AP students scoring a 3 or better, a decline that can be expected in any program attracting a broader cross-section of students.
“This school district has achieved something very remarkable,” said Trevor Packer, the College Board’s senior vice president of Advanced Placement and college readiness. “It managed to open the doors of its AP classrooms to many more students, while also increasing the percentage of students earning high enough AP Exam grades to stand out in the competitive college admission process and qualify for college credit and placement.”
Inclusion on the 2nd Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the following criteria:
- Examination of three years of AP data, from 2009 to 2011;
- Increase in participation in/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;
- 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.
School districts in which low-income and/or underrepresented minority students (African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native) comprise 30 percent or more of the AP student population have been highlighted on the Achievement List to recognize significant improvements in equity and quality among the nation’s historically underserved student populations.
The complete AP District Honor Roll can be found at www.collegeboard.org.