Ridgefield School District named to the College Board’s Seventh Annual AP District Honor Roll

RIDGEFIELD — Ridgefield School District has earned a place on the College Board’s Seventh Annual AP(R) (Advanced Placement) District Honor Roll and is one of just five public school districts in Washington state to earn this distinction.

The AP(R) District Honor Roll recognizes school districts across the U.S. and Canada for increasing AP access to these students while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning AP exam scores of 3 or higher.

The Ridgefield School District has earned a place on the College Board’s Seventh Annual AP(R) (Advanced Placement) District Honor Roll and is one of just five public school districts in Washington state to earn this distinction. Photo by Mike Schultz

The school district earned a place on the College Board’s AP(R) District Honor Roll in 2013 as well.

“As an AP(R) District Honor Roll recipient, our school district is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds,” said Ridgefield School District Superintendent Nathan McCann.

“This is a great honor for our school,” said Tony VanderMaas, Principal at Ridgefield High School. “I am grateful to the individual AP teachers for their hard work and dedication in engaging students in this rigorous college curriculum. All the great teaching that occurs in our school district prior to students taking their AP courses provide a solid base of learning and allow our students to score well on the AP exams.”

In 2016, more than 4,000 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, or both, and/or consideration in the admission process.

“Congratulations to all the teachers and administrators in this district who have worked so tirelessly to both expand access to AP and also to help students succeed on the AP Exams,” said Trevor Packer, the College Board’s head of AP and Instruction. “These teachers and administrators are delivering real opportunity in their schools and classrooms, and students are rising to the challenge.”

Inclusion on the Seventh Annual AP(R) District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2014 to 2016, looking across 37 AP Exams, including world language and culture. Districts were required to meet the following criteria:

Increased 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; increased or maintained the percentage of African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students taking exams and increased or maintained the percentage of African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students scoring 3-plus on at least one AP Exam; and improved or maintained performance levels when comparing the 2016 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2014 percentage, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70% of its AP students earn a 3 or higher.

The complete list of recipients for the Seventh Annual AP(R) District Honor Roll can be found at http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/score_reports_data/awards/232608.html.

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Joanna Nicole Yorke is a 2010 graduate of the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism with a minor in political science. Yorke is a Clark County native, growing up on her family's 12-acre farm in La Center where her family still resides today. She was previously a reporter at The Reflector Newspaper, covering the city of Battle Ground, the Battle Ground School District and a variety of other areas and topics.

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