Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District has been placed on the College Board’s “AP Honor Roll.”
The distinction means the district is increasing access to AP classes while simultaneously increasing the percentage of students earning passing scores of 3 or higher on AP test.
“Achieving both of these goals is the ideal scenario for a district’s AP program because it indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit most from rigorous AP course work,” according to the College Board, which administers the exams.
Los Angeles County had few districts achieving the goal. PVPUSD joins Las Virgenes Unified School District in the very northwestern reaches of L.A. County and El Monte Union High School District.
“I want to applaud and congratulate the AP teachers/staff at both high schools who have created such a successful program,” said Superintendent Walker Williams.
The College Board says more high school students than ever are taking AP classes and passing AP tests, in a recent “report card” to the nation.
Nationwide, more than 1 million students took AP tests last year, up about 100 percent since 2003. Of those million, 60 percent scored a three or higher, according to the College Board. These days, one in five public school high school graduates have scored a three or better on an AP test.
In California, 26.9 percent of the Class of 2013 took and passed an AP exam during their high school career. That’s above the national average of 20.1 and ranks the state six in the nation.
““It’s important to recognize that not only are more and more students feeling equipped to tackle these college-level courses, but that more and more of them are succeeding,” said Tom Torlakson, state superintendent of public instruction, in a press release. “Along with their schools and families, they are working hard to be ready for college, and I’m glad to see the numbers continue to climb.”