The Morgan County School District was one of three Utah schools named to the fourth annual AP District Honor Roll. The College Board recognizes districts that simultaneously increased access to Advanced Placement courses while maintaining or increasing the number of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP tests.
The Davis and Alpine school districts also earned the honor. Across the United States and Canada, 477 districts were similarly honored.
“Reaching these goals indicates that these districts are successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit from rigorous AP course work,” according to a press release from the College Board. “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 to college professors.
Many districts are experimenting with a variety of initiatives and strategies to determine how to simultaneously expand access and improve student performance.”
The College Board, creators of the AP exams, used AP data from 2011-2013 to create the honor roll. Criteria includes: increasing 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; increasing or maintaining the percentage of exams taken by black, Hispanic, and American Indian students; and improving performance levels on tests between 2011 and 2013, unless the district has already achieved a level of 70 percent of its students earning scores of 3 or better.
In 2013 Morgan District had 108 students take 226 exams with a success rate of 55.8 percent; Alpine District had 2,587 students take 3,311 exams with a success rate of 76.7 percent; and Davis District had 3,480 students take 5,892 exams with a success rate of 73.5 percent. A total of 20,638 Utah public school students took 33,217 exams in 2013 with a success rate of 67.4 percent.