Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Proud to be on the AP Honor Roll List

As public educators know, there is no end to the lists that public schools can be placed on. For example, our 2014 school report cards have recently been made public and newspapers annually use these data to sort, select, and shame us through "Top 10" and "Bottom 10" lists. 

Sometimes our own state educational agency places public schools on lists, and let's just say it's rarely to celebrate success. Such is the support we receive from the agency whose mission it is to "provide leadership, assistance, resources and advocacy..." (I'll leave it there, but that's another post). 

As a result, it is absolutely the job of public educators to celebrate successes to remind everyone (including ourselves) of the amazing job that pubic educators do every day, every week, month after month, year after year.

In line with my colleague Bryan Weinert's post "Proud to be a Public School on the List," I am proud to announce the Leyden has been placed on another prestigious list: Leyden High School District 212 has once again been named to the 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll. This is the third year in a row that we have been on the AP Honor Roll. 

Inclusion is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2012 to 2014, looking across 34 AP Exams. To be included on the Honor Roll, districts must demonstrate the following growth: 
  • Increase participation/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 (Leyden is considered a small district); 
  • 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

The full list of the 547 AP Honor Roll Districts is listed here, and more about the Honor Roll itself can be found here.   If you look at the list of schools, you'll notice that there are some symbols next to some districts' names. A different symbol is attached to a district when the AP student population meets one or more of the following criteria: 
  1. Thirty percent or more are underrepresented minority students (Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native) and/or,
  2. Thirty percent or more are low-income students (students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch) and/or,
  3. The district has been on the Honor Roll multiple years 

Out of 547 districts on this list, Leyden is one of thirteen in the US and Canada with all three symbols.  

Please note that this is not the same as the AP District of the Year Award that we won last year, but the new Districts of the Year will be selected from this list. Those districts are notified later in the month. Our fingers are crossed for a repeat. 

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