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Making the Grade: Johnston Schools on 2012 AP® Honor Roll

Posted November 13, 2012 in Community Web Exclusives, Johnston

Johnston, Iowa – For the first time in school history, Johnston Community School District is being recognized on the College Board’s 3rd Annual AP® District Honor Roll.

Johnston is one of 539 school districts in the nation – and one of 11 districts in Iowa – recognized this year by the College Board with a place on its third annual AP® Honor Roll for opening advanced placement (AP) classroom doors to a significantly broader pool of students, while maintaining or improving the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher (out of a possible 5).

Achieving both of these goals is the ideal scenario for a district’s AP program because it indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit most 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 — which can potentially save students and their families thousands of dollars in college tuition.

“It is an honor for Johnston Community School District to receive the AP Honor Roll designation,” said Bruce Amendt, Executive Director of Academic Services. “Our high school staff actively encourages our students to take rigorous courses and strives to provide outstanding learning experiences. Staff is to be commended for their efforts in enabling more student access to AP courses while increasing the percentage of students who are successful on the rigorous end-of-year AP exams.”

Improvement in AP results typically takes sustained effort; the District Honor Roll is based on examination of three years of AP data: 2010, 2011, and 2012 data from all students who took AP examinations in May of those years.  Inclusion on the 3rd Annual AP® District Honor Roll is based on the following criteria:

·        Examination of three years of AP data, from 2010 to 2012;

·        Increase in participation in/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;

·        A steady or increasing percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native students; and

·        Performance levels maintained or improved when comparing the percentage of students in 2012 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2010, or the school has already attained a performance level in which more than 70 percent of the AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.

The complete 3rd Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found here. Information and language in this press release was taken from , the official organization of the Advanced Placement Program.

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