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Dublin High School AP Test Results Earn Dublin AP Honor Roll Recognition

November 1, 2011

The Dublin Unified School District, thanks to the efforts of Dublin High School students, is one of just 367 public school districts in the US and Canada (and one of just 18 in California), to be placed on the College Board’s Annual AP® Honor Roll. This honor recognizes school districts that simultaneously increase access to Advanced Placement (AP) coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams. Dublin High School currently offers 23 AP (Advanced Placement), Advanced and Honors courses (read more…). Dublin High School academic rankings, including AP exam results, are available here.

According to Trevor Packer, College Board’s senior vice president of Advanced Placement and College Readiness, “these school districts have achieved something very remarkable. They managed to open the doors of its AP classrooms to many more students, while also increasing the percentage of students earning high enough AP Exam grades to stand out in the competitive college admission process and qualify for college credit and placement.”

Achieving both of these goals is the ideal scenario for a district’s Advanced Placement program, because it indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit most from AP coursework.  Since 2009, the Dublin Unified School District increased the number of students participating in the AP program from 206 to 261, while improving the percentage of students earning AP exam scores of 3 or higher from 68% in 2009 to 75% in 2011.  The majority of U.S. colleges and universities grant college credit or advanced placement for a score of 3 or above on AP exams.

DUSD Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hanke: “We are preparing every student for college and are especially proud of their accomplishments.  We commend our teachers, support staff, leaders, and parents for their ongoing efforts to ensure that every Dublin student is successful.”

The 2nd Annual AP Honor Roll is made up of only those public school districts that are simultaneously expanding opportunity and improving performance. The list includes 367 school districts across 43 states and Canada. Pennsylvania led all states with 34 public school districts named to the 2nd Annual AP Honor Roll, followed by Massachusetts and New York, both with 30.

“Participation in college-level AP courses can level the playing field for underserved students, give them the confidence needed to succeed in college, and raise standards and performance in key subjects like science and math,” said College Board President Gaston Caperton. “The AP Honor Roll districts are defying expectations by expanding access while enabling their students to maintain or improve their AP Exam scores.”

The following California public school districts were selected for the College Board AP Honor Roll:

  • Carmel Unified School District
  • Coachella Valley Unified School District
  • Diocese of San José
  • Dublin Unified School District
  • El Segundo Unified School District
  • Fremont Unified School District
  • Fremont Union High School District
  • Laguna Beach Unified School District
  • Los Alamitos Unified School District
  • New Haven Unified School District
  • Palo Alto Unified School District
  • Pleasanton Unified School District
  • Plumas Unified School District
  • Roseville Joint Union High School District
  • San Ramon Valley Unified School District
  • Stockton Unified School District
  • Val Verde Unified School District
  • Woodlake Union School District

According to the College Board, inclusion on the 2nd Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the following criteria:

  1. Examination of three years of AP data, from 2009 to 2011;
  2. Increase in participation in/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;
  3. A steady or increasing percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native students; and
  4. Performance levels maintained or improved when comparing the percentage of students in 2011 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2009, or the school has already attained a performance level in which more than 70 percent of the AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.
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