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Frisco ISD Recognized for Gains in AP Achievement

Dec 12, 2018

AP Honor Roll

For the second year in a row, Frisco ISD has been honored by the College Board with placement on the 9th Annual Advanced Placement (AP) District Honor Roll.

The AP® Program allows students to participate in college level courses while still in high school. Secondary schools and colleges cooperate in this program to give students the opportunity to show mastery in college level courses by taking AP® exams in May of each school year. With successful completion of an AP® exam, many colleges issue college credit.

To be included on the 9th Annual Honor Roll, the District had to, since 2016, increase the number of students participating on the AP exams while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher.

“We are excited for Frisco ISD to be recognized for a second year in a row,” said Angela Romney, managing director of secondary schools. “This is a huge accomplishment and recognizes the work of our teachers, administrators and counselors in promoting equity and access to college level coursework.”

In the 2018 Frisco ISD graduating class, 48 percent of graduates scored a 3 or higher on at least one exam during their high school career, making the students eligible to earn college credit.

As a district, 14,727 AP exams were administered to students throughout FISD in the 2017-18 school year. This is 2,000 more than the previous year.

Of those administered exams, 76 percent earned a score of 3, 4 or 5. In comparison, 48 percent of students in Texas and 58 percent of student nationwide scored a 3 or higher last year.

Frisco ISD currently offers 30 AP courses. The most popular exams taken in 2018 were AP Human Geography, AP English Language, AP World History and AP US History.

Honor Roll districts defy the expectation that expanding access automatically results in a decline in the percentage of exams earning scores of 3 or better.

“I’m inspired by the teachers and administrators in this district who have worked to clear a path for more students of all backgrounds to earn college credit during high school,” said Trevor Packer, senior vice president of AP and Instruction at the College Board.

To be included, the District had to:

  • Increase AP exam participation by at least 4 percent

  • Increase or maintain the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students taking exams while also increasing or maintaining the number of these students who score a 3 or higher on at least one AP exam.

  • Attain a performance level at which more than 70% of its AP students earn a 3 or higher.

The complete 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found here.

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