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Denton, Northwest ISDs named to AP District Honor Roll

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The College Board has named Northwest ISD and Denton ISD to its 9th annual AP District Honor Roll, joining 26 other school districts in Texas to receive the prestigious distinction.

Each year, the College Board compiles its AP District Honor Roll based on high-achieving factors such as AP test scores and participation rates in rigorous AP courses, according to a news release from Northwest ISD. Many colleges grant a student who earns a 3 or better on an AP test – one of the factors in the District Honor Roll – with class credit.

“Northwest ISD’s students, parents and supporters deserve the very best instructional programs we can give them, so we are constantly pushing ourselves to raise the academic bar,” said Dr. Ryder Warren, Northwest ISD’s superintendent of schools. “This recognition from the College Board is an excellent metric of how our students and teachers in our Advanced Placement classrooms are succeeding, and I truly appreciate those efforts.”

Inclusion in the AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of data, from 2016 to 2018, and across 38 AP exams. To earn inclusion on the AP District Honor Roll, school districts must:

  • 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;
  • 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 percent of its AP students earn a 3 or higher.

“Being recognized for increasing the number of students who are electing to take advanced courses while maintaining excellence, speaks to the hard work and dedication of our students and staff,” said Jamie Wilson, superintendent of Denton ISD schools. “Recognition like this, just drives us to improve further and to continue to create similar successes for all students.”

Denton ISD says it is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.

“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.”

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