Green Bay Area Public School District Named to AP Achievement List by the College Board for 3rd Year

District one of 539 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 539 school districts in the nation 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 2010-2012, the district has increased the number of students participating in AP by almost 20% – from 549 to 654, with 75 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.

Progression of student participation and score on the AP exam:

Year Participating students Students earning score of 3 or higher
2010 549 71%
2011 602 74%
2012 654 75%

 

“Our staff is committed to educating and supporting all children to ensure they graduate college, career and community ready. The research clearly supports that students taking more rigorous courses are better prepared for success in post secondary schools,” said Michelle Langenfeld, superintendent of schools and learning.  ‘We are making a concerted effort to raise the bar for all students by encouraging them to enroll in AP courses.   Additionally, four years ago we added five new AP courses to appeal to a broader range of students. Offering a wide variety of programs and additional courses allows us to create a customized educational pathway for each individual student.” 

The district offers 16 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, 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 2010 to 2012;
  • Increase in participation in/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;
  • 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 2012 scoring 3 or higher to those in 2010, or the school has already attained a performance level in which more than 70 percent of the AP students are scoring 3 or higher.

“We applaud the extraordinary efforts of the devoted teachers and administrators in these 539 districts, who are fostering rigorous work worth doing. These educators have not only expanded student access to AP course work, but they have enabled more of their students to achieve on a college level – which is helping to create a strong college-going culture,” said College Board President David Coleman.

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