Riverview School District Placed on the College Board’s 7th Annual APÂ® District Honor Roll for Significant Gains in Student Access and Success
One of only three districts nationwide to earn placement for five consecutive years!
Riverview School District is one of 433 school districts in the U.S. and Canada, and one of only three districts in the nation to being honored by the College Board for five consecutive years, with placement on the 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll. To be included on the 7th Annual Honor Roll, Riverview had to, since 2014, 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.
Riverview Superintendent Dr. Anthony L. Smith, in a recent Superintendent’s Message to the District, spoke about the significant work this requires for a district of Riverview’s size. “This award, that honors districts for Advanced Placement (AP) excellence, underscores our high expectations for student success.”
To receive consideration for the award, Dr. Smith shared that Riverview was required to improve participation/access by at least 11 percent, as well as increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by African-American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students who scored 3+ on at least one AP Examination, and see improved performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2016 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2014.
National data from 2016 show that among black/African American, Hispanic, and Native American students with a high degree of readiness for AP, only about half are participating. Dr. Smith has made equity and access, and a focus on success for students from “Cradle to Career,” a priority for 2016-17 and moving forward. As a result, the College Board mentioned Riverview as a district committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.
“Congratulations to all the teachers and administrators in this district who have worked so tirelessly to both expand access to AP and also to help students succeed on the AP Exams,” said Trevor Packer, the College Board’s head of AP and Instruction. “These teachers and administrators are delivering real opportunity in their schools and classrooms, and students are rising to the challenge.”
Inclusion on the 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2014 to 2016, looking across 37 AP Exams, including world language and culture.
The complete 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found here.