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  • Red Clay School District named to College Board's annual Honor Roll for AP performance

  • The Red Clay Consolidated School District is one of only 477 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 4th Annual AP District Honor Roll.
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  • The Red Clay Consolidated School District is one of only 477 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 4th Annual AP District Honor Roll, for increasing access to advanced placement course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.
    Since 2011, Red Clay has increased the number of students participating in AP by 13 percent, while at the same time increasing the number of students earning a 3 or higher on the final AP test by 5 percent, according to College Board figures. College Board Data – which does not include students taking AP Spanish classes – shows Red Clay had 560 AP students in 2011, and 710 in 2013. (Those figures contain the Delaware Military Academy but nor the Charter School of Wilmington, according to the College Board.)
    In 2013, more than 3,300 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.
    "We are very pleased with the increase in the number students not only taking AP classes, but passing the AP exams as well,'' said Red Clay Superintendent Merv Daugherty in a press release. "Statistical trends indicate that when you increase participation, your overall numbers in proficiency should decrease. This was not the case in Red Clay, and the credit should go to Red Clay teachers and students."
    Data from 2013 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 because their schools do not always offer the AP course for which they have potential. Red Clay is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.
    "We applaud the extraordinary efforts of the devoted teachers and administrators in this district who are offering more students the opportunity to engage in rigorous college-level course work," said Trevor Packer, the College Board's senior vice president of AP and Instruction. "These outcomes are a powerful testament to educators' belief 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 access and improve student performance.
    Inclusion on the 4th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2011 to 2013, for the following criteria.
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    Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, 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 2013 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2011, 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's name to highlight this work.
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