POSTED: Friday, November 8, 2013 - 3:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, November 8, 2013 - 3:09pm
RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — IDEA Public Schools, a nationally recognized network of K-12 public schools, is one of 477 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 4th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for increasing access to AP® course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.
“At IDEA, providing all of our students with access to college-level coursework, beginning in middle school with Pre-AP courses and progressing to AP or IB courses in high school, is our strategy for ensuring our students succeed in college. Our goal is that all of our students graduate from IDEA as AP scholars, or with IB diplomas, so they can enroll in a college or university with 12 or more credits,” said JoAnn Gama, Chief of Schools. “We are honored to be named to the AP District Honor Roll with select districts across the nation. This is proof that students, regardless of their background, can succeed in rigorous, college-level courses.”
In 2013, more than 3,300 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement and/or consideration in the admission process, with many colleges and universities in the United States offering credit in one or more subjects for qualifying AP scores.
“I enrolled at Texas Lutheran University this fall, and by the end of the semester, I will be a sophomore thanks to the credit I received through AP coursework,” said Jackie Gracia, IDEA Frontier College Prep alumna and Texas Lutheran University freshman. “The AP classes are definitely more challenging, but it’s worth it. I am more prepared for college.”
“We applaud the extraordinary efforts of the devoted teachers and administrators at IDEA Public Schools who are offering their students the opportunity to engage in rigorous college-level course work,” said Trevor Packer, the College Board’s senior vice president of AP and Instruction. “These outcomes are a powerful testament to educators’ belief that a more diverse population of students is ready for the sort of rigor that will prepare them for success in college.”
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.
Inclusion on the 4th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2011 to 2013, for the following criteria.
• Increase 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;
• Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students, and;
• Improve performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2013 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2011, 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.
To learn more about IDEA’s college preparatory curriculum or IDEA Public Schools visit www.ideapublicschools.org  or contact Vanessa Barry by phone at 512-657-5461 or email Vanessa.firstname.lastname@example.org .