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Plano ISD Places on College Board's 4th Annual Advanced Placement District Honor Roll

477 U.S. School Districts Honored for Significant Gains in AP Access and Student Performance

December 11, 2013

Plano Independent School District is one of 477 school districts in the U.S. and Canada and 14 school districts in Texas to be honored by the College Board with placement on the 4th Annual AP® District Honor Roll. The recognition is based on increasing access to AP® course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.

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Reaching these goals indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit from rigorous AP course work. Since 2011, Plano ISD has increased the number of students participating in AP by 4% while improving the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher by 5%.

“The student effort that goes into producing the quality of work in our Advanced Placement program is superior,” said Superintendent of Schools Richard Matkin, “I congratulate our current students and all those before who helped to build this nationally recognized program. The award is also shared with the dedicated teachers and counselors who encourage our students to take rigorous courses and to challenge them as learners. They are to be congratulated on their efforts to take our AP program to a level that has garnered national attention.”

In 2013, more than 3,300 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.

“Our teachers, counselors, campus staff members, parents and especially our hardworking students deserve all of the accolades brought to us by this prestigious award,” added Paul Weaver, assistant executive director of guidance and family education services and College Board trustee. “The genuine reward is the learning gained by our students. However, when national recognition is bestowed in this manner by the College Board’s 4th Annual AP District Honor Roll, it truly brings acclaim to our program and showcases the scale and possibilities offered by Plano ISD—and it is indeed impressive.”

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Paul Weaver, Plano ISD assistant executive director of guidance and family education services and College Board trustee.

Data from 2013 show that among African American, Hispanic and Native American students with a high degree of readiness for AP, only about half of students are participating because their schools do not always offer the AP course for which they have potential.  Plano ISD is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.

“We applaud the extraordinary efforts of the devoted teachers and administrators in this district who are offering more students the opportunity to engage in rigorous college-level course work,” said Trevor Packer, the College Board’s senior vice president of AP and Instruction. “These outcomes are a powerful testament to educators’ belief that a more diverse population of students is ready for the sort of rigor that will prepare them for success in college.”

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.

“There were three specific criteria required to earn this award. Of those three lofty measures, the one that speaks volumes about our dedicated students is the standard to increase or maintain the number of traditionally underrepresented students participating in Advanced Placement exams,” Weaver said.  “Our students simply break barriers and bring credibility to the quality and accessibility to Advanced Placement. National attention for our district is wonderful, but the work and commitment of our students is truly noteworthy.”

Inclusion on the 4th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2011 to 2013, for the following criteria.

Districts must:

  • 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 African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students, and;
  • Improve performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2013 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2011, 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.

View the complete 4th Annual AP District Honor Roll.

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“The student effort that goes into producing the quality of work in our Advanced Placement program is superior. I congratulate our current students and all those before who helped to build this nationally recognized program. The award is also shared with the dedicated teachers and counselors who encourage our students to take rigorous courses and to challenge them as learners. They are to be congratulated on their efforts to take our AP program to a level that has garnered national attention.”

Richard Matkin, Superintendent of Schools

 

 

 

“There were three specific criteria required to earn this award. Of those three lofty measures, the one that speaks volumes about our dedicated students is the standard to increase or maintain the number of traditionally underrepresented students participating in Advanced Placement exam. Our students simply break barriers and bring credibility to the quality and accessibility to Advanced Placement. National attention for our district is wonderful, but the work and commitment of our students is truly noteworthy.”

Paul Weaver, Plano ISD Assistant Executive Director of Guidance and Family Education Services and College Board Trustee