The Cherry Creek School District is one of just 10 school districts in Colorado to make the College Board's 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll for increasing access to AP® course work while at the same time maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on Advanced Placement Exams.
"Reaching these goals indicates that these districts are successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit from rigorous AP course work," the College Board said in a statement.
Historically, only about half of African American, Hispanic and Native American students with a high degree of readiness for AP, have taken the classes because schools do not always offer the AP course that matches classes to their interests and abilities. The Cherry Creek School District has been recognized for its commitment to increasing the availability of AP courses to students of all backgrounds.
"We are pleased that the College Board has recognized our efforts to expand higher level classes to all students," said Cherry Creek School District Superintendent Harry Bull. "It shows that our commitment to narrow and close the opportunity gap for every student is showing progress."
Inclusion on the 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2012 to 2014, for the following criteria.
- Increased 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 exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native students, and;
- Improved 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 at which more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.
More than 11,500 students in Cherry Creek high schools are enrolled AP courses. Last year, students took 8,428 exams, 6,184 of which received scores of 3 or higher.
Students who score a 3 or higher earn college credit for the courses, saving them tuition paid toward earning a college degree.
Cherry Creek Schools is one of 547 school districts in the United States and Canada to make the AP Honor Roll. There are 13,588 school districts in the U.S. serving nearly 50 million students and 250 school district in Canada serving 5.3 million students.