The Advanced Placement (AP) students and teachers of the Poway Unified School District can pat themselves on the back for a job well done.
PUSD is one of 539 school districts across the United States to place on the College Board’s third annual AP District honor roll, a not-for-profit membership organization committed to excellence and equity in education. The district is being honored for simultaneously increasing student access to AP course work, while increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams (the highest score is a 5).
“Poway Unified is proud to be included on the College Board’s Honor Roll listing,” said superintendent Dr. John Collins in a press release. “This is a direct reflection of our efforts for college readiness for all students and increased opportunities for students to participate in courses to increase their learning skills. The commitment from our teachers to provide their students with a meaningful educational experience is evident in our high school campuses. PUSD students receive support from our teachers, counselors, administrators, support staff, and parents as they travel on their educational journeys. Our school community focuses on the success of each student, making available access to AP courses and resources.”
In order to qualify to be on the College Board’s Honor Roll, a district must increase participation and access to AP courses by at least 4 percent in a large district. The district must also 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 in a large district, and the district must increase performance levels of students scoring a 3 or higher on AP exams. Inclusion on the Honor Roll is based on three years of AP data, from 2010 to 2012.
“We applaud the extraordinary efforts of the devoted teachers and administrators in this district,” College Board president David Coleman said in a press release. “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.”