FHSD Named to AP District Honor Roll

Posted on 12/12/2017
FHSD Named to AP District Honor Roll

The Francis Howell School District has been honored by the College Board with placement on the 8th Annual AP (Advanced Placement) District Honor Roll. FHSD is one of only three school districts in Missouri and one of only 447 in North America to achieve this distinction. To be included on the 8th Annual Honor Roll, the District had to increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Reaching these goals indicates that FHSD is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for Advanced Placement. This is the fourth time that FHSD has been named to the prestigious list.

“We are always looking for ways to identify more students to take rigorous courses, and being recognized by the College Board is a testament to our steady increase in AP offerings and student achievement,” said FHSD Superintendent Dr. Mary Hendricks-Harris. “Student success is always our primary focus, and our continuing efforts to expand the AP program will help to ensure that students are college and career ready when they graduate.”

A teacher engages with two students during an AP Physics class.For the 2016-17 school year, 242 FHSD students were named AP Scholars, the most in District history. “Congratulations to all the educators and administrators in Francis Howell who have worked to clear a path for more students of all backgrounds to participate and succeed in AP,” said Trevor Packer, head of AP and Instruction. “These educators and administrators are fostering a culture in their schools and classrooms that allows students to face new challenges and build the confidence to succeed.”

In 2017, more than 4,000 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, or both, and/or consideration in the admissions process. Inclusion in the 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2015 to 2017, looking at 38 AP Exams, including world language and culture. The following criteria are also used -

Districts must:

  • 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 minority students taking exams and scoring 3+ on at least one AP Exam; and
  • Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2017 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2015 percentage, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students earn a 3 or higher.

The complete 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found on the College Board website.

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