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Valley schools get fourth AP Honor award
For the fourth year in a row, the national College Board has named the Snoqualmie Valley School District to its prestigious AP District Honor Roll for simultaneously achieving increases in Advanced Placement (AP) courses for a broader number of students while maintaining or improving the rate at which its AP students earned scores of 3 or higher on an AP exam.
Snoqualmie Valley is among just eight districts in Washington State and among 477 public school districts nationwide to earn a spot on the 2013 AP Honor Roll. Snoqualmie Valley is also the only district in Washington State to earn this award for the past four consecutive years.
The AP District Honor Roll recognizes districts for increasing student participation in Advanced Placement (AP) courses, while simultaneously increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher (out of 5) on AP Exams. Achieving both of these goals is the ideal scenario for a district’s AP program because it indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit most from rigorous AP college-prep work as well as motivating more students to pursue this level of study.
The District Honor Roll is based on examination of three years of AP data: 2011, 2012, and 2013 data from all students who took AP exam during May of those years. Within the three year analysis, inclusion on the list is based on the following criteria. Districts must:
- Increase in 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;
- Improve performance levels when comparing the percentage of students exams scoring 3 or higher in 2013 to those in 2011.