23 Michigan School Districts Earn Advanced Placement Honor Roll Status

Contact: Martin Ackley, Director of Public and Governmental Affairs 517-241-4395
Agency: Education

December 15, 2016

LANSING – Twenty-three Michigan school districts are among 433 school districts in the U.S. and Canada honored today by the College Board with placement on the 7th Annual AP® District Honor Roll.  

To be included on the 7th Annual Honor Roll, districts had to, since 2014, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher.

“Reaching these goals shows that these districts are successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP,” said State Superintendent Brian Whiston.

“In our goal to make Michigan a Top 10 education state in 10 years, we need to promote greater access to AP opportunities for all students,” Whiston said. “Every student should graduate from high school with up to 60 transferable college credits or a recognized industry credential/certificate through access to quality dual enrollment, early middle colleges, and/or career/technical education. AP credits are one avenue to get there.”

The Michigan school districts earning this Honor Roll distinction are:

Anchor Bay School District

Bloomfield Hills Schools

Cedar Springs Public School District

Crawford AuSable School District

Davison Community School District

East Lansing Public School District

Forest Hills Public Schools

Grosse Ile Township School District

Hamtramck Public School District‡

Hastings Area School District

Leland Public School District

Livonia Public Schools

Muskegon Public Schools

Pewamo-Westphalia Community Schools

Plymouth-Canton Community Schools

Portland Public School District

Rochester Community Schools

Rockford Public School District

Saugatuck Public Schools

Swartz Creek Community School District

Tecumseh Public School District

Vicksburg Community School District

Williamston Community School District

(Bold faced districts have achieved the honor for multiple years.)

“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.”

According to the College Board, 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.

Inclusion on the 7th Annual AP 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. The following criteria were used.

Districts must:

  • Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4% in large districts, at least 6 % in medium districts, and at least 11% in small districts;
  • Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students; and
  • Improve or maintain 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.

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, and 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 name to highlight this work. The one Michigan school district that met this distinction is Muskegon Public Schools.

The complete 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found at:  http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/score_reports_data/awards/232608.html