Posted on: Dec 30 2016 By: Alvin Buerkle
HELENA, Mont. – Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau announced today that five Montana school districts are among 433 districts nationwide being honored by the College Board on the 7th annual Advanced Placement (AP®) District Honor Roll. In order to make the cut, districts must have increased access to AP® coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP® exams.
7th annual AP® District Honor Roll:
Great Falls Public Schools
Hamilton School District
Helena School District
Polson School District
Sweet Grass County High School District
“Congratulations to the Montana school districts that are expanding access to high-quality classes that often result in college credit for students,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau said. “Students who complete AP coursework get a head-start on their college education, setting them up for continued success.” During the 2015/2016 school year, Montana students completed 4,661 AP® exams in 30 different subjects ranging from biology and art, to English and statistics. Montana’s 2017 AP® Summer Institute will include workshops for educators in chemistry, calculus, English language and composition, Spanish language and culture, and U.S. history. The institute gives Montana high school educators an opportunity to receive professional training that will raise academic standards and improve college and career readiness among their students.
Superintendent's Note: To be honest, this award was a pleasant surprise. About 4-5 years ago we received an award for having the top percentage of "successful" AP scores in math and science - that is a score of 3 or better on a scale of 1-5. This award is again a percentage award as the other school listed would have more students, more test, and more top scores in terms of pure numbers. What this means is the percentage of our students who scored well compared to the number that took it met the criteria for the award. Another percentage that counts in this is the percentage of our student body and senior class that participate in the test. Just some numbers from last year: We administered 67 tests to 27 seniors and 6 juniors. So obviously a lot of our students take more than one test. Those exams were in AP English Literature and Composition, AP US Government and Politics, AP Calculus, AP Statistics, and AP Biology. Score results: 11 received 5 (top score), 10 received a 4 rating, 21 received 3 ratings, 15 a 2 rating, and 10 a 1 rating. The number of students and tests given is fairly consistent with past years so that is part of this is not unusual. We generally have pretty good results. What this award means is we crossed the threshold of getting recognition probably not really a major changes in scores although 5's are up the last few years. As to what this really means? When we started out with AP courses we wanted to be able to offer our students the same opportunities that "Billings West or Bozeman" offered. We not only do that but do it successfully.