Adams County School District 50 has been named to the College Board's 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll for increasing student access to Advanced Placement (AP) course work while also improving performance levels. District 50 is one of just ten school districts in Colorado to receive the honor.
“This award is a direct result of great teaching and excellent student performance. We continue to ‘pull from the top’ by challenging our students to take more rigorous course work, “ said Mike Lynch, Director of Secondary Education and Professional Development.
Students who perform well in AP classes can receive college credit and advanced placement for consideration in the college admission process.
Inclusion on the 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2012 to 2014, for the following criteria:
- Increased 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;
- Increased or maintained the percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native students, and;
- 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.
District 50’s inclusion on the list is especially notable because of the large number of minority and low income students in the district. Historically, these groups of students are underrepresented in terms of access to AP studies.
“We applaud your conviction that a more diverse population of students is ready for the sort of rigor that will prepare them for success in college,” said Trevor Packer, the College Board’s Senior Vice President of AP and Instruction.
Lynch, who served as Principal at Westminster High School for the prior three years, says the award is the result of the Board of Education’s emphasis on college and workforce readiness and the belief that students are capable of high-level work. ”We must continue to have a relentless focus on increased rigor, high engagement, effective teaching, training and advanced academic opportunities for all D50 students.”
Lynch will provide more information and data to the Board of Education during a the January 13th meeting.