Proviso High Schools Named to AP District Honor Roll
December 21, 2015 01:00 PM
Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has been named to the sixth annual AP District Honor Roll for increasing access to Advanced Placement course work while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.
To be included on the list, which includes 425 school districts in the United States and Canada and 15 school districts in Illinois, a school district had to have met the following criteria based on data from 2013 through 2015:
- Increased participation or access to AP.
- Increased or maintained the percentage of exams taken by African-American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students.
- Improved performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2015 scoring a 3 or higher out of a possible 5 to those in 2013.
District 209 schools have been steadily increasing the number of AP course offerings for students in recent years. In 2015, the number of AP exams taken in District 209 increased from 195 in 2013 to 662 in 2015, most of it a 414-exam jump at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy. This is a steady climb in AP offerings in District 209 since 2011, particularly at Proviso West, which climbed to 218 AP exams taken in 2015 from 123 exams taken in 2011.
This has meant higher numbers of students earning at least a 3 on an AP exam, which can be redeemed for college credit at some universities and colleges. In District 209, the number of exams with at least a score of 3 jumped from 26 in 2013 to 170 in 2015, an increase of 553 percent as AP courses began to be offered to PMSA students.
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that making courses more rigorous is key in increasing student achievement. This has been a Board goal for several years, she said.
"Students need to be challenged, and AP courses and their exams offer that challenge," she said. "I am proud of our students and our faculty for this accomplishment, as it is great to be recognized by our peers."