Tucson Unified makes College Board's AP Honor Roll for second year

Principals, students, teachers credited with earning achievement

Posted: Dec. 16, 2016

Tucson Unified School District - College Board's 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll, 2016, for significang gains in student access and success

Tucson Unified School District is one of 433 school districts in the U.S. and Canada honored by the College Board with placement on the 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll for increasing participation in AP course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. The district was recognized in 2015 as well.

Reaching these goals indicates that a district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for the AP opportunity. To be included on the 7th Annual Honor Roll, Tucson Unified School District had to, since 2014, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the number of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher.

"We are very excited to once again earn the AP Honor Roll distinction," said Dr. H.T. Sánchez, Tucson Unified School District superintendent. "This is an acknowledgement of the hard work of our students, teachers and principals and the district's commitment to bring advanced learning opportunities to all."

National data from 2016 shows that among black/African American, Hispanic, and Native American students with a high degree of readiness for AP, only about half of students are participating. The first step to delivering the opportunity of AP to students is providing access by ensuring courses are available, that gatekeeping stops, and that the doors are equitably opened so these students can participate. Tucson Unified is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.

"Congratulations to all the teachers and administrators in this district who have worked so tirelessly to both expand access to AP and also to help students succeed on the AP Exams," said Trevor Packer, the College Board's head of AP and Instruction. "These teachers and administrators are delivering real opportunity in their schools and classrooms, and students are rising to the challenge."

In 2016, 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 admission process.

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. The following criteria were 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 exams taken by black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students; and
  • Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2016 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2014 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.

When these outcomes have been achieved among an AP student population in which 30 percent or more are underrepresented minority students (black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native) and/or 30 percent or more are low-income students (students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch), a symbol has been affixed to the district name to highlight this work.

The complete 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found at www.collegeboard.org.