Green Bay Area Public School District Named to AP Achievement List by the College Board

District one of 388 U.S. public school districts nationally recognized for significant gains in Advanced Placement® access and student performance

The Green Bay Area Public School District is one of 388 school districts in 43 states being nationally honored by the College Board with a place on its AP® Achievement List for opening AP® courses to a significantly broader pool of students, while maintaining or improving the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher. From 2008-2010, the district has increased the number of students participating in AP from 430 to 539, with more than 70 percent of those students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher, the score typically needed to earn college credit. The AP Achievement List is made up of school districts that are simultaneously expanding opportunity and improving performance.

“Our AP teachers and counselors have been encouraging more students of color and poverty to enroll in AP courses and take the AP exam. The district’s AVID program, which helps students with academic potential be the first in their family to go to college, has empowered these students to sign up for AP courses,” said Shirley Paulson, supervisor of the district’s gifted and talented program. “Additionally, two years ago we added five new AP courses which would appeal to a broader range of students. This also is a tribute to our AP teachers, who have continued to do an excellent job teaching these rigorous classes and preparing our students for the exams.”

The district offers 17 AP courses: Studio Art, Computer Science in Java, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, Physics (B), Chemistry, Human Geography, United States History, Macroeconomics, World History, Government & Politics: US, Psychology, Music Theory, and Spanish Language.

Inclusion on the AP Achievement List is based on the following criteria:

  • Examination of three years of AP data, from 2008 to 2010;
  • Increase in participation in/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 7 percent in medium districts, and at least 11 percent in small districts;
  • A steady or increasing percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students; and
  • Performance levels maintained or improved when comparing the percentage of exams in 2010 scoring 3 or higher to those in 2008, or the school has already attained a performance level in which more than 70 percent of the AP students are scoring 3 or higher.

“Participation in college-level AP courses can level the playing field for underserved students, give them the confidence needed to succeed in college, and raise standards and performance in key subjects like science and math,” said College Board President Gaston Caperton. “The AP Achievement List districts are defying expectations by expanding access while enabling their students to maintain or improve their AP Exam scores.”

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