Santa Fe Independent School District was recently recognized as one of 433 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the seventh annual AP District Honor Roll. To be included on the honor roll, the district had to, since 2014, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Reaching these goals shows that this district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP.

“Santa Fe ISD strives for continuous improvement in all areas for all students,” said Dr. Leigh Wall, superintendent. “Our focus on extending and expanding opportunities for our advanced academic students, coupled with the commitment and dedication of our teachers and students to achieve high levels of success, makes this recognition especially an honor. We are proud of this acknowledgment in accomplishing our mission of preparing our students to achieve and succeed in education and life.”

In 2016, more than 4,000 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement and/or consideration in the admission process. Inclusion on the Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2014 to 2016, looking across 37 AP exams, including world language and culture.

“Congratulations to all the teachers and administrators in this district who have worked so tirelessly to both expand access to AP and also to help students succeed on the AP Exams,” said Trevor Packer, the college board’s head of AP and instruction. “These teachers and administrators are delivering real opportunity in their schools and classrooms, and students are rising to the challenge.”

Helping more students learn at a higher level and earn higher AP scores is an objective of all members of the AP community, from AP teachers to district and school administrators.

National data from 2016 shows that among African American, Hispanic and Native American students with a high degree of readiness for AP, only about half are participating. The first step to getting more of these students to participate is to give them access. Courses must be made available, gatekeeping must stop, and doors must be equitably opened. Santa Fe ISD is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds. The district continues to strive to offer the very best educational experiences for our students in order to meet the needs of every student every day in preparing each child for a successful future.

Patti Hanssard is the assistant superintendent for human resources and the public relations officer for SFISD.

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