GILBERT – The Higley Unified School District learned this month it is one of two districts in Arizona listed on the 4th annual AP District Honor Roll List. Higley is being recognized based on three years of AP data: 2011, 2012 and 2013.
This is the second year in a row Higley has earned this honor.
“We applaud our students and our teachers for demonstrating extraordinary achievement on the Advanced Placement exams, as well as dedicating themselves to college-level courses and college-bound thinking,” said Superintendent Dr. Denise Birdwell. “Higley is the only district to receive this multiple year recognition. We congratulate Scottsdale Unified School District on its honor this year.”
Overall, 477 school districts in the U.S. and Canada were named to the 2013 AP District Honor Roll.
The award is given when the number of students taking AP exams increases and when the number of students receiving a 3 or higher (out of 5) improves.
Most universities and colleges award college credit to students for AP scores of 3 or above.
Inclusion on the AP District Honor Roll criteria includes:
Increased participation to AP by at least 4 percent for large districts;
Increased or consistent percent of exams taken by African American, Hispanic and Native American students, and;
Improved performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2013 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2011, unless the district already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students scored a 3 or higher.
The Higley Unified School Districts offers 15 AP, college-level courses. Each AP exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers through the College Board, ensuring that AP Exams are aligned with the same high standards expected by college faculty at some of the nation’s leading liberal arts and research institutions.