The Hamilton School District is one of just 547 districts across the U.S. and Canada named to the 5th annual Advanced Placement (AP) District Honor Roll by the College Board. Districts on the list are honored for increasing access to AP course work while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.
Hamilton Principal Candis Mongan credited staff members and students for the school’s success.
“This recognition demonstrates that students continue to maintain or improve in areas that are essential for their success after high school,” Mongan said. “It also shows the ability of teachers to prioritize instruction so that students experience an academically challenging educational program.”
Inclusion on the fifth annual AP Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2012 to 2014, in which districts must:
- increase AP participation and access by at least four percent in large districts, six percent in medium districts and 11 percent in small districts;
- increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic and American Indian students; and
- improve 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 in which more than 70 percent of the AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.
“The devoted teachers and administrators in this district are delivering an undeniable benefit to their students: opportunity. When coupled with a student’s hard work, such opportunities can have myriad outcomes,” said College Board Senior Vice President of AP and Instruction Trevor Packer. “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.”
The College Board’s AP program enables students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. Through more than 30 college-level courses, each culminating in a rigorous exam, AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both at U.S. four-year colleges and universities.