MINNETONKA — Minnetonka Public Schools is among the 373 districts in the United States and Canada being honored with a placement on the 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll, the district said in a press release.
To make it on the honor roll, the district has to have increased the number of students participating in AP since 2016. It also has to increase or maintain the percentage of students earning AP exam scores of 3 or higher.
“We have dramatically increased the percentage of our students who are taking AP courses and exams, and they are doing exceptionally well on the exams,” said Superintendent Dennis Peterson. “An amazing 83 percent of the class of 2018 took one or more highly rigorous courses.”
The award is based on a review of three years of AP data across 38 AP Exams. AP stands for advanced placement.
In spring 2018, 1,546 Minnetonka High School students took 2,766 AP exams with an 84 percent passing rate — a score of 3 or higher. The state passing rate is 66.7 percent and the global passing rate is 61.3 percent.
The College Board awarded 600 Minnetonka High School students with AP scholar honors in July for their performance on AP exams. Of the graduating classes from 2018-2022, 73 students have earned National AP Scholar honors; 269 are AP Scholars with Distinction; 119 are AP Scholars with Honor; and, 212 are AP Scholars.
“Success in AP is a combination of students’ own motivation and the opportunities educators provide for them,” said Trevor Packer, senior vice president of AP and Instruction at the College Board. “I’m inspired by the teachers and administrators in this district who have worked to clear a path for more students of all backgrounds to earn college credit during high school.”
The district said in the press release that it is committed to growing the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of backgrounds. The release cites national data showing that among American Indian/Alaska Native, black/African-American, Hispanic/Latino and Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander students with a high degree of readiness for AP exams, only about half participate.
The following criteria were used to determine the AP District Honor Roll:
- Increased participation and access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, 6 percent in medium districts and 11 percent in small districts.
- Increased or maintained percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, black/African-American, Hispanic/Latino and Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander students scoring 3 or higher on at least one AP exam.
- Improving or maintaining performance levels when comparing the 2018 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2016 percentage, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students earn a 3 or higher.