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Carlsbad Unified School District Placed on the College Board’s 9th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for Significant Gains in Student Access and Success
Posted 12/17/18

373 School Districts Across the U.S. and Canada Are Honored

 

Carlsbad Unified School District is one of 373 school districts in the U.S. and Canada, and one of 25 in California, 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, CUSD had to, since 2016, increase the number of students participating in AP, 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.

 

“We are proud to again be named to the AP Honor Roll,” said Superintendent Benjamin Churchill. “We strive to offer a challenging academic curriculum to all Carlsbad Unified students. I congratulate our teachers, administrators and students who, once again, achieved this distinction.”

 

National data from 2018 show 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 is to give these students access to the AP program,” said Assistant Superintendent Curriculum and Instruction Rob Nye.  “Carlsbad Unified is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses to prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.”

 

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.

 

To be included, 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.


The complete 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found here: 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll.