Ashburn, VA (December 20, 2016) -Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) is one of 433 school districts in the United States and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 7th Annual AP® District Honor Roll.
Five Virginia school divisions received this honor. (The other school divisions are Middlesex County, Rockbridge County, Rockingham County and Southampton County.)
To be included on the 7th Annual Honor Roll, LCPS had to increase the number of students participating in AP courses while also increasing or maintaining the number of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Reaching these goals shows LCPS is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP.
Inclusion on the 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2014 to 2016, looking across 37 AP Exams, including world language and culture. Honored school divisions must meet the following criteria:
- Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, 6 percent in medium districts and 11 percent in small districts. LCPS increased its participation by 12 percent during the three years measured.
- Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students. LCPS increased participation by African-American students by 3.7 percent; Hispanic/Latino students by 10.1 percent; and 0.3 percent by American Indian/Alaska Native students.
- Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2016 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2014 percentage. 69 percent of LCPS students scored a 3 or higher during the 2015-16 school year as compared to 67 percent in 2014-15 and 68 percent in 2013-14. In 2016, more than 4,000 colleges and universities around the world accepted AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, or both, as well as using these scores in the admission process.
- “LCPS is very pleased to be recognized by the College Board for increasing the number of students participating in AP courses, while at the same time increasing or maintaining the number of students earning a score of ‘3’ or higher,” said LCPS Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Cindy Ambrose. “Being recognized on the AP District Honor Roll is a testament to the great work occurring in our school division.”