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Growing Number of Students Participate in AP Program

Growing Number of Students Participate in AP Program
Posted on 08/29/2017
Growing number of students participate in AP Program

A graphic depiction of LISD's AP program in 2017.Leander ISD Superintendent Dan Troxell, Ph.D., reported a 13-percent increase in the number of AP exams taken by LISD students and a 9-percent increase in students tested, outpacing the district’s 5-percent growth in high school student enrollment.

 “Leander ISD is extremely proud of the continued growth of our AP program, and most importantly, the success of these hard-working AP students,” Troxell said.

LISD reported that 4,211 of its students took 7,787 AP Exams in 2017, up from the 3,875 students who took 6,866 exams in 2016. Additionally, the percentage of students who met criteria (scoring a 3 or higher) remained consistent. The passage of House Bill 1992 requires that all public colleges and universities in Texas award course credit to students who score a 3 or higher on an AP exam.

LISD also achieved a 47-percent rating on the College Board’s Access and Excellence indicator, an all-time high for the district and an increase of 11 percent since 2013. This indicator represents the percentage of graduates who have scored a 3 or higher defined as meeting criteria on a given AP exam any time while in high school.

“Our growth in participation and performance in advanced academics has been a team effort,” Director of College and Career Readiness Lisa Nucci said. “Our high school campus Deans of Instruction, Teaching and Learning staff, and AP and Pre-AP teachers have collectively led this improvement, as evidenced by our back-to-back AP Honor Roll District designations awarded by the College Board.”

LISD continues to seek opportunities to expand its AP offerings. AP Spanish Language is offered to Leander Middle School and was expanded to Running Brushy Middle School eighth-grade students last fall. Cedar Park High School, Rouse High School and Vandegrift High School offer AP Capstone, and Vista Ridge High School will be adding AP Capstone this upcoming school year. Additional, a new AP Computer Science Principles course was added at Cedar Park High School, Leander High School, Rouse High School and Vista Ridge High School in the 2016-17 school year.

Because of LISD’s efforts to grow the AP Program, 1,164 students earned 1,268 Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the 2017 AP Exams. This is a 20-percent increase from the previous year’s AP Scholar distinctions.

LISD AP SCHOLAR AWARDS – *National AP Scholars and AP Capstone Awards are accounted for in another level of scholar recognition, therefore are not added into the campus total:


Cedar Park High School had a total of 241 scholars honored through the AP Program:

  • 18 students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award. *
  • 85 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award.
  • 48 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award.
  • 108 students earned the AP Scholar Award.
  •     8 students earned the AP Capstone Diploma Award. *
  •     4 students earned the AP Capstone Certificate Award. *

Leander High School had a total of 123 scholars honored through the AP Program:

  •   2 students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award. *
  • 23 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award.
  • 31 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award.
  • 69 students earned the AP Scholar Award.

 

Rouse High School had a total of 153 scholars honored through the AP Program:

  •   1 student qualified for the AP International Diploma.
  • 4 students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award. *
  • 33 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award.
  • 37 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award.
  • 83 students earned the AP Scholar Award.

 

Vandegrift High School had a total of 427 scholars honored through the AP Program:

  •   50 students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award. *
  • 186 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award.
  •   73 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award.
  • 168 students earned the AP Scholar Award.

 

Vista Ridge High School had a total of 220 scholars honored through the AP Program:

  •   17 students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award. *
  •   74 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award.
  •   33 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award.
  • 113 students earned the AP Scholar Award.

 

Glenn High School students are not yet eligible for this award due to only ninth and 10th-grade students on campus during the 2016-17 school year.

 

ABOUT THE AP SCHOLAR AWARDS AND AP CAPSTONE AWARDS
The AP International Diploma (APID) is a globally recognized award for students interested in pursuing university study outside of their native country. Students must earn scores of 3 or higher on five or more total AP Exams. The National AP Scholar Award is presented to students who earn an average score of 4 or higher on a five-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. The AP Scholar with Distinction Award is presented to students who earn an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. The AP Scholar with Honor Award is achieved by students who earn an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams and the AP Scholar Award is given to students who complete three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher.

The AP Capstone Diploma™: Granted to students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing. The AP Seminar and Research Certificate™: Granted to students who earn scores of 3 or higher in both AP Seminar and AP Research. This is the first year Leander ISD has offered both the AP Capstone Seminar and Research courses at Cedar Park High School. For more information about the AP Capstone Program.

ABOUT THE COLLEGE BOARD
The College Board is a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of more than 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.

TOP 10 MOST FREQUENTLY SELECTED INSTITUTIONS LISD STUDENTS SENT AP EXAM SCORES:

University of Texas at Austin , Texas A&M University, Texas State University, Austin Community College, Baylor University, University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Tech University, University of North Texas, University of Texas at San Antonio   , Brigham Young University.