Out of the more than 500 school districts in the state of Missouri, Francis Howell School District was one of just three chosen for the College Board Advanced Placement District Honor Roll for 2017.
To be included on the honor roll, districts had to increase the number of students participating in AP classes while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP exam scores of 3 or higher.
This is the fourth time the district has been named to the prestigious list.
“We are always looking for ways to identify more students to take rigorous courses, and being recognized by the College Board is a testament to our steady increase in AP offerings and student achievement,” district Superintendent Dr. Mary Hendricks-Harris said. “Student success is always our primary focus, and our continuing efforts to expand the AP program will help to ensure that students are college and career ready when they graduate.”
In the 2016-17 school year, 242 district students were named AP Scholars, the most in district history.
Inclusion in the honor roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from years 2015-17, looking at 38 AP exams, including world language and culture. Districts also must increase participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, increase or maintain the percentage of minority students taking exams and scoring 3+ on at least one AP exam, and improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2017 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to 2015.