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Polk County Public Schools makes the AP District Honor Roll for the second year in a row, making Polk the only School District in the State of Florida to receive the award multiple times in successive years. Each year, the College Board awards the AP District Honor Roll to Districts across the nation that have simultaneously increased access to Advanced Placement course work and increased its percentage of students earning the AP exam scores required to pass (3 or higher). The Advanced Placement Program allows high school students to take course work that mirrors studies taken at the college-level and allows students to earn college credit, advanced placement credit or both.
Inclusion on this year’s Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of AP data from 2010 to 2012. The District must (1) increase participation or access to AP by a designated percentage point based on the size of the District (2) ensure the percentage of minority students (African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native) who sat for the AP exam did not decrease by a designated percentage point based on the size of the District (3) see increased performance levels when comparing the percentage of students who scored three or higher in 2012 to those in 2010. The exception in this case would be if the District attains a performance level in which more than 70 percent of AP students score three or higher.
Prior to this year, Polk County Public Schools made the AP District Honor Roll in 2011 and was also honored as the large school district “AP Equity and Excellence District of the Year”. No other district of Polk’s size had achieved a greater improvement in both equity and performance from 2009 to 2011. Polk County Public Schools was recognized as the nation’s leader, among large school districts, in simultaneously expanding access to AP and improving scores.