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Congratulations SRVUSD on AP District Honor Roll
Posted 2/6/19

 

The College Board has recognized the San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD) as the only school district in the United States, or anywhere in the world, to achieve placement on the College Board’s AP District Honor Roll every year since the program’s inception in 2011.

 

“Of the 2,356 districts the College Board has recognized since the introduction of the AP District Honor Roll, San Ramon Valley Unified School District stands alone,” said Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President of AP & Instruction. “We applaud the district’s educators, administrators, and leadership for ensuring—for nine consecutive years—that a more diverse population of students has the chance to earn college credit during high school.”

 

To be included on the Annual Honor Roll, each year for the past nine years, the San Ramon Valley USD had to increase the number of students, including students in subgroups, participating in AP, while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students, including students in subgroups, earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Reaching these goals shows that the SRVUSD is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP.

 

Again this year, the SRVUSD is one of 373 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll.  In 2018, 6891 AP exams were administered to SRVUSD students. Of those, 87% or 5974 received a score of 3 or higher.

 

“Much of the credit goes to our teachers who put our students on a path to success, beginning in the elementary and middle school years and into the high school classrooms. We are also grateful to our classified staff, administrators and parents for all that they do to provide opportunities for all students to engage in high levels of learning,” SRVUSD Superintendent Rick Schmitt said. “Our students are motivated and prepared for the rigor of the AP curriculum. Our teachers are welcoming and inclusive, making their classrooms a place where students can succeed.”

 

National data from 2018 show that among American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students with a high degree of readiness for AP, only about half are participating. In the SRVUSD, these same subgroups participated in rates that met or exceeded the National rates. The first step to getting more students to participate is to give them access. Courses must be made available, gatekeeping must stop, and doors must be equitably opened. San Ramon Valley Unified is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.  In 2018, the SRVUSD administered the PSAT to all high school juniors free of charge, during school hours, thereby further reducing barriers for all students.

 

“Success in Advanced Placement is a combination of students’ own motivation and the opportunities educators provide for them,” said Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President of AP and Instruction at the College Board. “I’m inspired by the teachers and administrators in this district who have worked to clear a path for more students of all backgrounds to earn college credit during high school.”

  

In 2018, more than 4,000 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, or both, and/or consideration in the admissions process. Inclusion in the 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2016 to 2018, looking across 38 AP Exams, including world language and culture. The following criteria were used.

 

Districts must:

  • Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4% in large districts, at least 6% in medium districts, and at least 11% in small districts;

  • Increased or maintained the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students taking exams and increased or maintained the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students scoring 3+ on at least one AP Exam; and

  • Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2018 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2016 percentage, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70% of its AP students earn a 3 or higher.

 

The complete 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found here:  https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/score-reports-data/awards/honor-roll