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Belton ISD Achieves College Board's AP District Honor Roll

College Board's AP Honor Roll

Belton ISD is one of 18 school districts in Texas being honored by the College Board with placement on their 10th Annual AP District Honor Roll. Advanced placement teachers from Belton High School and Belton New Tech High School @ Waskow were celebrated at a special lunch event before being recognized by the Board of Trustees Monday.

“We are so proud of the individual students and teachers whose hard work is reflected in this honor,” said Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Deanna Lovesmith. “Encouraging all students to challenge themselves academically and supporting our teachers as they have worked to increase participation has been a priority in Belton ISD. We know our kids are capable of great things and our teachers are truly invested in helping them get there.”

To be included on the 10th Annual Honor Roll, Belton ISD 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 demonstrates that this district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP.

“As a former AP teacher, I understand exactly how hard it is to encourage every student to prepare for and take an AP exam. These exams are not easy,” said Coordinator of Advanced Academics and former Belton High School teacher Barbara Epperson. “However, earning a high score can result in college credit which saves on college expenses and advances students toward a college degree while in high school.”

In 2019, 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 10th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2017 to 2019, looking across 38 AP Exams, including world language and culture. Only 250 school districts in the U.S. and Canada were honored by the College Board.

For inclusion on the 10th Annual AP District Honor Roll, districts must meet the following criteria:

  • 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 American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students taking exams and increase or maintain the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students scoring 3+ on at least one AP Exam; and
  • Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2019 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2017 percentage, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70% of its AP students earn a 3 or higher.

The complete 10th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found here.

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anuary 20, 2020