William Tennent Placed on the College Board’s 9th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for Significant Gains in Student Access and Success

William Tennent High School is one of 373 school dis­tricts in the U.S. and Canada being hon­ored by the College Board with place­ment on the 9th Annual AP® District Honor Roll. To be includ­ed on the 9th Annual Honor Roll, Centennial School District had to, since 2016, increase the num­ber of stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in Advanced Placement (AP) cours­es while also increas­ing or main­tain­ing the per­cent­age of stu­dents earn­ing AP Exam scores of 3 or high­er. Reaching these goals shows that this dis­trict is suc­cess­ful­ly iden­ti­fy­ing moti­vat­ed, aca­d­e­m­i­cal­ly pre­pared stu­dents who are ready for AP.

Principal Dr. Dennis Best stat­ed, “Part of the rea­son we are so proud of mak­ing this list is we have inten­tion­al­ly expand­ed our pro­gram offer­ings. We have inten­tion­al­ly iden­ti­fied and includ­ed more stu­dents in the pro­gram, and our scores have gone up. We hope very much that this con­tin­ues, as we con­tin­ue to expand our pro­gram and offer it to more stu­dents.”

National data from 2018 shows that among American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander stu­dents with a high degree of readi­ness for AP, only about half are par­tic­i­pat­ing. The first step to get­ting more of these stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate is to give them access. Courses must be made avail­able, gate­keep­ing must stop, and doors must be equi­tably opened. Centennial School District is com­mit­ted to expand­ing the avail­abil­i­ty of AP cours­es among pre­pared and moti­vat­ed stu­dents of all back­grounds.

Success in Advanced Placement is a com­bi­na­tion of stu­dents’ own moti­va­tion and the oppor­tu­ni­ties edu­ca­tors pro­vide for them,” said Trevor Packer, senior vice pres­i­dent of AP and Instruction at the College Board. “I’m inspired by the teach­ers and admin­is­tra­tors in this dis­trict who have worked to clear a path for more stu­dents of all back­grounds to earn col­lege cred­it dur­ing high school.”

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 ini­tia­tives and strate­gies to see how they can expand access and improve stu­dent per­for­mance at the same time.

In 2018, more than 4,000 col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties around the world received AP scores for col­lege cred­it, advanced place­ment, or both, and/or con­sid­er­a­tion in the admis­sions process. Inclusion in the 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2016 to 2018, look­ing across 38 AP Exams, includ­ing world lan­guage and cul­ture. The fol­low­ing cri­te­ria were used.

Districts must:

  • Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4% in large dis­tricts, at least 6% in medi­um dis­tricts, and at least 11% in small dis­tricts;
  • Increase or main­tain the per­cent­age of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander stu­dents tak­ing exams and increase or main­tain the per­cent­age of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander stu­dents scor­ing 3+ on at least one AP Exam; and
  • Improve or main­tain per­for­mance lev­els when com­par­ing the 2018 per­cent­age of stu­dents scor­ing a 3 or high­er to the 2016 per­cent­age, unless the dis­trict has already attained a per­for­mance lev­el at which more than 70% of its AP stu­dents earn a 3 or high­er.

When these out­comes have been achieved among an AP stu­dent pop­u­la­tion in which 30% or more are under­rep­re­sent­ed minor­i­ty stu­dents (American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander) and/or 30% 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.

The com­plete 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found herehttps://apcentral.collegeboard.org/score-reports-data/awards/honor-roll