Smith Academy Placed on College Board's 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll for Significant Gains in Student Access and Success
I am excited to announce that Smith Academy is one of 433 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll. To be included on the 7th Annual Honor Roll, Smith Academy had to, since 2014, 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 shows that Smith Academy is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP. 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:
-Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4% in large districts, at least 6 % in medium districts, and at least 11% 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% of its AP students earn a 3 or higher.
Out of the twenty-five schools in Massachusetts that were honored, Smith Academy was the only school located in Western Massachusetts. Congratulations to the teachers and student on this prestigious honor.
John F. Robert