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Pewaukee School District Named To AP Honor Roll

Pewaukee School District Placed on the College Board’s 9th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for Significant Gains in Student Access and Success

Pewaukee is One of 373 School Districts Honored Across the U.S. and Canada

Pewaukee School District is one of 373 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 9th Annual AP® District Honor Roll - the district’s fifth time being honored.  The Advanced Placement Program® (AP) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. The program consists of college-level courses developed for high schools to offer with corresponding exams administered once a year.

To be included on the 9th Annual Honor Roll, Pewaukee 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 three or higher.  Reaching these goals shows Pewaukee is successfully identifying motivated, academically-prepared students who are ready for AP.

National data from 2018 show 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, gatekeeping must stop, and doors must be equitably opened. Pewaukee is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.

“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.”

“We are extremely proud of our efforts and commitment to consistently increase student participation in the Advanced Placement Program,” said Dr. Mike Cady, Pewaukee School District Superintendent. “The ability for Pewaukee High School students to willingly pursue college-level courses benefits them immensely while preparing for their futures beyond our schools. Our entire district is honored by this achievement.”  

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.

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. 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. The following criteria were used.

Districts must:

  • Increase participation/access to AP by at least four percent in large districts, at least six percent in medium districts, and at least 11 percent in small districts;
  • Increased or maintained the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students taking exams and increased or maintained the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students scoring three-plus on at least one AP Exam; and
  • Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2018 percentage of students scoring a three or higher to the 2016 percentage, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students earn a three or higher.

When these outcomes have been achieved among an AP student population in which 30% or more are underrepresented minority students (American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander) and/or 30 percent or more are low-income students (students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch), a symbol has been affixed to the district name to highlight this work.

The complete 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found by clicking the following at: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/score-reports-data/awards/honor-roll

Pewaukee School District is a public 4K-12 district offering an award-winning, future-ready education to over 3,000 students on a unique, single-campus setting. The district passionately commits to its mission to open the door to each child's future.