Editor's note: The following information comes from Great Valley School District.
Malvern, PA – Great Valley School District was recently recognized by the College Board with placement on the 3rd Annual AP District Honor Roll. The distinction recognizes the district’s ability to simultaneously increase access to Advanced Placement coursework while increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. This is the third consecutive year that Great Valley has been included on the Honor Roll.
A total of 539 school districts across the U.S. and Canada are being recognized by the College Board who says that “achieving both of these goals is the ideal scenario for a district’s AP program because it indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit most from rigorous AP course work.”
“We are glad to see that our efforts to encourage students to pursue rigorous academic courses is being recognized,” said Superintendent Alan J. Lonoconus. “As a district, we are dedicated to helping students realize their full potential. I am proud of our students for stretching themselves academically, and of our excellent staff for the support they lend to students both in the classroom and out.”
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:
1) 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;
2) 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 for large and medium districts or by more than 10 percent for small districts;
3) Improve performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2012 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2010, unless the district has already attained a performance level in which more than 70 percent of the AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.