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SRVUSD Named to AP District Honor Roll for 10th Year
Posted 2/24/20

 

For the tenth year in a row, the College Board has recognized the San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD) with placement on the College Board’s AP District Honor Roll. SRVUSD is the only school district anywhere in the world to have been placed on the list every year since the program began in 2011.

 

The AP District Honor Roll recognizes school districts committed to increasing access to AP for underrepresented students while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. AP District Honor Roll recipients are committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds. Reaching these goals shows that the SRVUSD is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP. 

 

The SRVUSD is one of only 250 school districts in the U.S. and Canada that simultaneously achieved increases in access to Advanced Placement courses for a broader number of students and also maintained or improved the rate at which their AP students earned scores of 3 or higher on an AP Exam. In 2019, 7244 AP exams were administered to 3643 SRVUSD students. Of those, 6364 or 88% received a score of 3 or higher.

 

“This honor would not be possible without the commitment of all SRVUSD teachers and staff who put our students on a path to success starting in elementary school, through middle school and ultimately in high school classrooms,” said SRVUSD Superintendent Rick Schmitt. “We have made it a priority to ensure each student learns at high levels by providing equitable access to a current, relevant and world-class curriculum and quality instruction. The Board of Education, administration and teachers are fully committed to providing access to AP classes without the barriers of prerequisites, thereby increasing the opportunities for all students to pursue AP course offerings. The level of student participation in AP in the SRVUSD demonstrates that the students want to engage in high levels of learning and the outcomes show that they are prepared for the rigor of the AP classroom.”

 

National data from 2019 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. The first step to getting more of these students to participate is to give them access. Courses must be made available, gatekeeping must stop, and doors must be opened equitably. San Ramon Valley Unified is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.  In 2019, the SRVUSD once again administered the PSAT to all high school juniors free of charge, during school hours, thereby further reducing barriers for all students. 

 

Inclusion on the 10th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2017 to 2019, for the following criteria:

  • Increased 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 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

  • Improved performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2019 scoring a 3 or higher than those in 2017, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70% of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.

 

Read the complete 10th Annual  AP District Honor Roll.