Davis School District receives AP Honor Roll accolade

Friday , April 21, 2017 - 5:00 AM

ANNA BURLESON, Standard-Examiner Staff

BOUNTIFUL — The Davis School District has been recognized as one of four districts in the United States that has made the AP Honor Roll for seven consecutive years.

Districts that are members of the College Board can make the AP Honor Roll by increasing or sustaining the number of students taking Advanced Placement tests and earning high scores.

Nancy Potter, the director of the Western Regional Office for K12 State and District Partnerships, honored the Davis Board of Education at a meeting Tuesday, April 18.

“You’re doing amazingly wonderful things for kids,” she said.

Davis School District students took 4,412 AP exams in May 2016, according to AP data Potter presented to the board. Since students can earn at least three college credits for each successful AP exam, that saved families an estimate of $2.9 million in college expenses.

A total of 3,343 Davis School District students took 5,747 AP exams in 2016. In Utah, 25,142 students took 38,685 exams, Potter said.

Students can score a 1 through 5 on AP exams, and Potter said students who earn a 3 or higher are considered proficient.

In 2016, the Davis School District saw a 27 percent increase in scores of 3 or higher from the year prior. Utah saw just a 6 percent increase and the nation as a whole saw a 5 percent increase.

The Davis School District has been a member of the College Board since 2006, according to the AP website, and was the first and only school district in Utah to be named to the AP Honor Roll when the program began in 2010.

The other three districts that have been on the AP Honor Roll for all seven years are the Los Alamitos Unified School District and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, both in California, and the Mason City School District in Ohio, according to Potter’s presentation to the board.

Contact education reporter Anna Burleson at aburleson@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnagatorB or like her on Facebook at Facebook.com/BurlesonReports.

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