Redmond, Wash. – Lake Washington School District (LWSD) was named by the College Board to its 3rd Annual AP District Honor Roll for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams. Achieving both of these goals indicates that the district is successfully increasing access to these rigorous courses while ensuring that students succeed. 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.
A total of 539 school districts across 44 of 50 states in the U. S. and six Canadian provinces achieved honor roll status. Eighteen districts in the state of Washington achieved this honor.
“As a district, we believe in preparing all students for college level work,” noted Dr. Traci Pierce, superintendent. “Our high schools have made a concerted effort to encourage students to take on the challenge of AP coursework in high school as part of that preparation.”
The number of AP tests taken by LWSD students increased from 2,559 in 2010 to 2,730 in 2011 to 2,825 in 2012. At the same time, the rate of students achieving a score of 3 or higher remained about the same, at 80.15% in 2010, 77.03% in 2011 and 78.80% in 2012.
Inclusion on the 3rd Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2010 to 2012 for the following criteria:
1) 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;
2) Ensure that the percentage of African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students taking AP Exams did not decrease by more than 5 percent for large and medium districts or by more than 10 percent for small districts;
3) Improve performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2012 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2010, unless the district has already attained a performance level in which more than 70 percent of the AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.