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Expanding opportunities in AP classes leads to honor for LPS

Lincoln Public Schools has been named Honor Roll for Advanced Placement for its work in AP course offerings.

LPS continues to work on access to AP courses so more students have more choices in their education. This year, 433 school districts nationwide were named to the list, and just two from Nebraska: LPS and Elkhorn Public School District.

To earn the distinction, a school district must "simultaneously achieve 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. AP District Honor Roll recipients are committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds."

According to the College Board, "AP courses give students access to rigorous college-level work (while still in college). AP students build confidence and learn the essential time management and study skills needed for college and career success."

Students can choose to take the AP test at the end of the year in order to earn college credit.

"We talk a lot about dual credit and I think it's equally important to highlight the work in Advanced Placement courses, and the effort our teachers and staff put in to provide this opportunity for students," said Jadi Miller, director of curriculum for LPS.

Criteria

Inclusion on the 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2014 to 2016, 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 who scored 3+ 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 a 3 or higher.

When these outcomes have been achieved among an AP student population in which 30 percent or more are underrepresented minority students (Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native) and/or 30 percent or more are low-income students (students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch), a symbol has been affixed to the district name to highlight this work.


Published: December 20, 2016, Updated: December 20, 2016