Dec 16, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. - Three Louisiana school systems are among the 7th Annual Advanced Placement (AP®) Honor Roll honorees, according to an announcement made by the College Board on Friday. They include the Central Community School System, the DeSoto Parish School System and the Diocese of Lafayette.

"Challenging coursework in high school is critical to success in college," said State Superintendent John White. AP courses offer students the opportunity to earn college credit by taking rigorous courses in high school. "The Louisiana Department of Education commends these systems for providing students and teachers alike the opportunities afforded by Advanced Placement courses and for leading them to success."

The AP District Honor Roll recognized 433 public and private school systems across the U.S. and Canada for increasing AP access to these students, while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning AP exam scores of 3 or higher. AP District Honor Roll recipients are committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.

The three Louisiana systems were selected based on the College Board's examination of three years of AP data from 2014 to 2016. It also assessed the districts based on:

  • Increased participation and 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 percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native students who scored 3 or above on at least one AP exam; and
  • Improved performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2016 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2014, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring 3 or higher.

In addition to being named to the prestigious list, DeSoto Parish School System was noted for having an enrollment of American Indians, African Americans and Hispanic/Latino students at 30 percent or greater. That school system, along with the Diocese of Lafayette, was also lauded for achieving the honor for multiple years.

To view the entire annual report, click here.
To find more information about Advanced Placement in Louisiana, click here.

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