Barrington Public Schools was recently honored by the College Board with placement on the Third Annual AP District Honor Roll for simultaneously increasing access to AP course work while increasing the percentage of students earning a 3 or higher out of a possible 5.
A total of 539 districts across 44 states and Canada were on honored including three other Rhode Island districts.
“Achieving honor roll status is the ideal scenario for a district’s AP program because it indicates that the district is successfully motivating an academically preparing students to benefit from rigorous AP course work,” reads a Barrington Public Schools press release issued Monday afternoon.
From 2010-2012, Barrington Public School has increased the number of students participating in AP courses from 218 to 279 while enabling more than 70 percent of these students to earn at least one score of 3 or higher. 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 above, which can potentially save students and their families thousands of dollars in college tuition.
Inclusion on the honor roll is based on the examination of three years of data, from 2010 to 2012, for the following criteria.
n Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts and at 11 least 11 percent in small districts
n 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 no more than 10 percent for small districts.
n Improve performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2012 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 20102, 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.