School District of Haverford Township Named to AP District Honor Roll
HAVERTOWN – The School District of Haverford Township was named to the 2012 AP® District Honor Roll by the College Board for the achievement of Haverford High School. The 3rd Annual AP District Honor Roll recognizes districts that increase the availability of AP courses and increase the number of students who score a 3 or higher on the AP Exam.
The College Board explained, “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.”
Since 2010, the School District of Haverford Township has increased the number of students participating in AP by 16%. For the 2011-2012 school year, 81% of students earned AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. More than 90 percent of colleges and universities across the U.S. offer college credit, advanced placement or both for a score of 3 or above on an AP Exam.
Dr. William Keilbaugh, Superintendent, said, “It is a real honor to have the School District of Haverford Township named to the AP District Honor Roll for the third year in a row. I am very proud of the proactive work of the Haverford High instructional staff in encouraging new students to try AP courses all while increasing AP course offerings.”
Keilbaugh continued, “Our students continue to prove that they are excellent. Their mean scores were significantly higher than the state’s average mean scores. The Haverford High School’s AP program is the pride of our District.”
AP participation increased at Haverford High School in 2011-2012. Double the students took AP Calculus at Haverford High School in 2011-2012 with 89% of them scoring a 3 or higher on the exam. A third more students took AP Biology and AP Psychology in 2011-2012. A third more students took AP Economics with 93% scoring a 3 or higher on the Economics exam. In AP European History, 96 % of students scored a 3 or higher in the exam.
Inclusion on the 3rd Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2010 to 2012, for the following criteria:
- Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts and at least 11 percent in small districts;
- Ensure that the percentage of African American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native students taking AP Exams did not decrease by more than 5 percent for large and medium districts or by more than 10 percent for small districts;
- Improve performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2012 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2010, unless the district has already attained a performance level in which more than 70 percent of the AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.