NISD one of 12 in state named to AP honor roll for expanding class reach and improving test performance
November 15, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NACOGDOCHES — Expanding access to AP courses while, at the same time, improving performance in those courses made Nacogdoches Independent School District one of 12 districts in Texas and one of 539 in the nation to be placed on the AP Honor Roll.
“As always, the success of our students is in direct relation to the high quality of teachers we have in the classrooms,” said Nacogdoches High School principal Nathan Chaddick.
He credited the AP teachers for building relationships with students and setting high standards. Chaddick added that Pre AP teachers also deserve to be recognized for the groundwork they lay to increase student success in AP courses.
Since 2010, NISD has increased the number of NHS students participating in AP courses by 49.6 percent while improving the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher from 37 percent to 42 percent.
More than 90 percent of colleges and universities across the U.S. offer college credit, advanced placement or both for a score of 3 or above on an AP Exam — which can potentially save students and their families thousands of dollars in college tuition.
NHS offers 13 different AP and Pre-AP courses that include Pre AP Algebra I, AP Calculus, Pre AP U.S. History, AP World History, AP English III and IV.
“We applaud the extraordinary efforts of the devoted teachers and administrators in this district, who are fostering rigorous work worth doing. 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,” said College Board President, David Coleman.
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 expand access and improve student performance simultaneously.
“There has been a great victory among educators who have believed that a more diverse population could indeed succeed in AP courses. In 2012, AP scores were higher than they’d been since 2004, when one million fewer students were being given access. These outcomes are a powerful testament to educators’ belief that many more students were indeed ready and waiting for the sort of rigor that would prepare them for what they would encounter in college,” said Trevor Packer, the College Board’s senior vice president of the Advanced Placement Program. “While we recognize that there is still much work to be done to prepare students for college, I find myself inspired daily by what they are achieving.”
Inclusion on the 3rd Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2010 to 2012, for the following criteria:
NISD was required to:
· Increase participation/access to AP by at least 11 percent as a small district;
· Ensure the percentage of African American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native students taking AP Exams did not decrease by more than 10 percent;
· Improve performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2012 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2010.
When these outcomes were achieved among an AP student population made up of 30 percent or more underrepresented minority students (Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native) and/or 30 percent or more low-income students (students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch), a symbol was affixed to the district name to highlight this work.
The complete 3rd Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found at http://press.collegeboard.org.
For more information, contact NISD communications coordinator Rayanne Schmid at 569-5000, ext. 8845.