The Affton School District is one of 547 school districts in the U.S. and Canada and one of only eight districts in Missouri being honored by the College Board with placement on the 5th Annual Advanced Placement (AP) District Honor Roll. These schools are recognized for increasing access to AP course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.
In 2012, Affton had 59 AP students participate in 118 AP exams with 57.6% of the exams scoring at a 3 or better level (5 is the highest level) and an average score of 2.63. In 2014, Affton had 78 AP students participate in 154 AP exams with 73.7% of the exams scoring at a 3 or better level and an average score of 3.16. Also in 2014, there were 17 Affton students, the most ever in one year, who qualified for AP Scholar designation with one student narrowly missing the highest honor, National AP Scholar.
“The first step to delivering the opportunity of AP to students is providing access by ensuring courses are available, that gatekeeping stops, and that the doors are equitably opened so these students can participate,” said Dr. Travis Bracht, assistant superintendent. “Affton School District is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.”
Inclusion on the 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2012 to 2014. The following criteria were used:
- 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 2014 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2012, 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 devoted teachers and administrators in this district are delivering an undeniable benefit to their students: opportunity. When coupled with a student’s hard work, such opportunities can have myriad outcomes, whether building confidence, learning to craft effective arguments, earning credit for college, or persisting to graduate from college on time,” said Trevor Packer, the College Board’s senior vice president of AP and Instruction. “We applaud your conviction 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.
The full list of 547 school districts can be found here: https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/5th-annual-ap-district-honor-roll.pdf