In 2018, 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 admissions process. To be included on the 9th Annual Honor Roll, Minnetonka Public School District had to, since 2016, 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 this district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP.
Inclusion in the 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2016 to 2018, looking across 38 AP Exams, including world language and culture.
"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 Dr. Dennis Peterson, Superintendent of Minnetonka Public Schools. "An amazing 83% of the Class of 2018 took one or more highly rigorous courses."
In spring 2018, 1,546 Minnetonka High School (MHS) students took 2,766 AP exams with an 84% passing rate (score of 3 or higher). This passing rate far exceeds state (66.7%) and global (61.3%) averages. In July, the College Board awarded 600 MHS students with AP scholar honors based on outstanding performance on AP exams. For the graduating classes of 2018-2022, 73 students have now earned National AP Scholar honors; 269 are AP Scholars with Distinction; 119 are AP Scholars with Honor; and 212 are AP Scholars.
National data from 2018 show 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, only about half are participating. The first step to getting more of these students to participate is to give them access. Courses must be made available, gate-keeping must stop, and doors must be equitably opened. Minnetonka Public School District is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.
Helping more students learn at a higher level and earn higher AP scores is an objective of all members of the AP community, from AP teachers to district and school administrators to college professors. Many districts are experimenting with initiatives and strategies to see how they can expand access and improve student performance at the same time.
"Success in Advanced Placement 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."