Lake Washington School District (LWSD) was named by the College Board to its 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll. That honor is awarded for increasing access to Advanced Placement (AP) coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams. Reaching these goals indicates that these districts are successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit from rigorous AP course work.
More than 90 percent of colleges and universities across the U.S. offer college credit, advanced placement or both for a score of 3 or higher on an AP Exam. Achieving that score may save students and their families thousands of dollars in college tuition.
A total of 547 school districts across the U. S. and six Canadian provinces achieved honor roll status. Fourteen districts in the state of Washington achieved this honor.
“As a district, we believe in preparing all students for college level work,” noted Dr. Traci Pierce, superintendent. “Our high schools have made a concerted effort to encourage students to take on the challenge of AP coursework as part of that preparation.”
The number of AP tests taken by LWSD students increased from 2,825 in 2012 to 3,496 in 2014. At the same time, the rate of students achieving a score of 3 or higher dropped from 79% in 2012 to 76% in 2013, but returned to 79% in 2014.
Inclusion on the 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on three years of AP data, from 2012 to 2014. The criteria follow.
- Increased participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, 6 percent in medium districts, and 11 percent in small districts.
- Increased or maintained the percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students.
- Improved 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.