Greenwich schools on AP District Honor Roll

Greenwich is one of 547 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll.

The district earned this 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.

This is the second consecutive year that Greenwich has earned the AP Honor Roll distinction.

Superintendent of Schools William S. McKersie said, “I am proud to lead a district that prepares and encourages students to challenge themselves academically. Greenwich is a high performing public school district, however, we do not sit on our laurels. We continuously strive to improve and have made concerted efforts to expand the participation of our students in Advanced Placement courses, and to prepare them to be successful in those courses. I am pleased and proud that the efforts of our staff and students have been recognized.”

Data from 2014 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.

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. Dr. McKersie said that Greenwich Public Schools are committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.

“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.”

Inclusion on the 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2012 to 2014, looking across 34 AP Exams, including world language and culture. The following criteria were used.

Districts must: Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts and at least 11% 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% of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.

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

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