More Frisco ISD students are taking, and succeeding, on Advanced Placement Exams.
FISD is one of 28 Texas school districts honored by the College Board with placement on the 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll for significant gains in student performance and access to AP courses.
The Advanced Placement program allows students to take rigorous, university-level courses and potentially earn college credit with a score of a 3, 4 or 5 on an AP Exam.
FISD encourages students to take these academically-challenging courses to help them prepare for college and career.
The AP honor roll recognizes districts that simultaneously achieved increases in access to Advanced Placement courses for a broader number of students and also maintained or improved the rate at which their AP students earned scores of 3 or higher on an AP Exam.
"This honor is a testament to the valuable work that is happening in Frisco ISD to provide access to AP courses for all students and to provide the resources and support for student success," said Amanda Dawson, senior director with The College Board.
The number of Frisco ISD students taking at least one AP Exam has soared in recent years, from 1,988 students in 2011 to 6,434 students in 2017, an increase of 224 percent. The number grew 18 percent from 2016 to 2017 alone.
FISD now offers a total of 31 AP classes, including AP Research, which was added for the 2017-18 school year. The second course in the AP Capstone diploma program, AP Research equips students with independent research, collaborative teamwork and communication skills.
Seventy-two percent of Frisco ISD students who took an AP Exam in 2017 scored a 3 or higher. By comparison, 46 percent of Texas students, 57 percent of U.S. students and 58 percent of students worldwide scored a 3 or higher.