District recognized for Advanced Placement gains

The Greenwich Public School (GPS) District has once again been recognized for academic excellence, recently placing on the College Board’s fourth Annual AP District Honor Roll for Significant Gains in Advanced Placement Access and Student Performance.

GPS is one of 477 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the Honor Roll for increasing access to AP course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of three or higher on AP Exams. 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, the Greenwich Public Schools has increased the number of students participating in AP by 132 (21.7%), while improving the number of students earning AP Exam scores of three or higher by 106 (19.7%).

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.

Greenwich High School Headmaster Chris Winters said, “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… We are pleased to be one of only 477 schools to make the AP District Honor Roll. At GHS, we encourage our students to challenge themselves at the highest levels and we support them with expert teaching and guidance. It is nice that both our students and staff are recognized with this award.”

“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.

Inclusion on the fourth Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2011 to 2013. The complete 4th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found at Collegeboard.org.

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