Glendale Union placed on AP district honor roll
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Glendale Union placed on AP district honor roll

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Sue Wilhelm Asks Students In Her Chemistry Class A Question About Molarity During A Panasonic Foundation Tour Of Moon Valley High School To Learn About How They Enroll So Many Students, Including Minority Students, In AP Classes. Photo By Lisa Irish/AZEdNews

Glendale Union High School District is one of 547 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll for increasing access to AP course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.

2014 is a milestone year for the AP District Honor Roll, and more districts are achieving this objective than ever before. Reaching these goals indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for the opportunity of AP.

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Sue Wilhelm asks students in her chemistry class a question about molarity during a Panasonic Foundation tour of Moon Valley High School to learn about how they enroll so many students, including minority students, in AP classes.

Since 2012, Glendale Union High School District has increased the number of students participating in AP while improving the number of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher.

“This is the second time Glendale Union High School District has made the College Board’s AP District Honor Roll,” said Eugene Dudo, the Superintendent of Glendale Union High School District (GUHSD). “The fact that GUHSD made the AP Honor Roll is not by chance. It is the result of years of commitment to our core values and the hard work and dedication of an instructional faculty that places student achievement and continuous improvement at the forefront of everything they do.”

Data from 2014 show that among 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. Glendale Union High School District is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.

“The devoted teachers and administrators in this district are delivering an undeniable benefit to their students: opportunity. When coupled with a student’s hard work, such opportunities can have myriad outcomes, whether building confidence, learning to craft effective arguments, earning credits for college, or persisting to graduate from college on time,” said Trevor Packer, the College Board’s senior vice president of AP and Instruction. “We applaud your conviction that a more diverse population of students is ready for the sort of rigor that will prepare them for success in college.”

Helping more students learn at a higher level and earn higher AP scores is an objective of all members of the AP community, from AP teachers to district and school administrators to college professors. Many districts are experimenting with a variety of initiatives and strategies to determine how to simultaneously expand across and improve student performance.

In 2014, more than 3,800 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, and/or consideration in the admission process, with many colleges and universities in the United States offering credit in one or more subjects for qualifying AP scores.

Inclusion on the 5th Annual AP district Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2012 to 2014, looking across 34 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 district, at least 6 percent in medium districts, and at least 11 percent in small districts.
  • Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students: and
  • Improve performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2014 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2012, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring 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, 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 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found here.


About Glendale Union High School District
Founded in 1911, Glendale Union High School District (GUHSD) serves the cities of Phoenix and Glendale and encompasses 60 square miles. Comprised of nine high schools, grades 9-12, the urban district enrolls 15,000 students and has approximately 150,000 constituents in the Phoenix metropolitan area. All schools are accredited by the Arizona Department of Education, North Central Association of Schools and Colleges (NCA CASI) and AdvancEd. The Arizona Department of Education has rated GUHSD as an “A” district, along with all nine of the district’s schools. Annually, GUHSD high schools are ranked among the best high schools in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and are part of the College Board’s 2013 National Advanced Placement District of the Year. With a mission to empower all students for the choices and challenges of the twenty-first century, GUHSD provides every student an exceptional educational experience that prepares them for college and career.

For more information contact Kim Mesquita, Administrator for Community Relations, at 623-435-6001.