Media Release: November 20, 2012
AP District Honor Roll
The St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) has been recognized for achieving significant gains in both Advanced Placement (AP) access and student performance by the College Board with placement on the 3rd Annual AP District Honor Roll. SJCSD joins school districts throughout the U.S. and Canada for simultaneously increasing access to AP course work while increasing the number of students earning a level 3 or higher on AP exams.
“Achieving this honor is a testament to the hard work of our students and the diligence of teachers, principals and district staff,” said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner. “I am extremely proud of our ability to provide accessibility to the AP exam and consistently increase scores and students taking the test.”
Districts accomplishing both of these goals create the ideal scenario for an AP program because it indicates that these districts are successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit most from rigorous AP course work. The SJCSD is one of the 539 school districts across 44 of 50 states in the U.S. and six Canadian providences to achieve this status.
“We applaud the extraordinary efforts of the devoted teachers and administrators in these 539 districts, who are fostering rigorous work worth doing,” said College Board President David Coleman. “These educators have not only expanded student access to AP course work, but they have enabled more of their students to achieve on a college level—which is helping to create a strong college-going culture.”
In the last decade, participation in the AP Program has more than doubled and graduates succeeding on AP exams have nearly doubled. In May 2012, 2.1 million students representing more than 18,000 schools around the world, both public and nonpublic, took 3.7 million AP exams.
The College Board is a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity and is made up of more than 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and success—including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. For more information on the College Board, visit www.collegeboard.org.