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RFSD honored for advanced placement progress

The Roaring Fork School District is one of 425 districts in the U.S. and Canada and one of just eight in Colorado being honored by the College Board with placement on the Sixth Annual AP District Honor Roll.

To be included on the North American honor roll, the Roaring Fork School District had to, since 2013, increase the number of students participating in advanced placement courses while also increasing or maintaining the number of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher.

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 increasing successful AP participation is providing access by ensuring courses are available and that doors are equitably opened so these students can participate.

The Roaring Fork School District, whose student body is half or more Hispanic, said in a news release announcing its placement on the honor roll that it is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.

“That the committed teachers and administrators in this district have both expanded AP access and also helped their students achieve high levels of performance on AP Exams shows they’re delivering opportunity in their schools and classrooms, and it is a real testament to their belief that a more diverse population of young people is ready for the challenge of college,” said Trevor Packer, the College Board’s senior vice president of AP and Instruction.

In 2015, 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 Sixth Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2013 to 2015, looking across 34 AP Exams, including world language and culture.

To be included, districts had to:

• 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.

• Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by black/African American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native students; and

• Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2015 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2013 percentage, 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.

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


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