MPISD Named AP District Honor Roll
Mount Pleasant ISD has been named to The College Board’s 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll, one of only 29 out of 1100 districts in Texas to earn a place on the list. The list included 547 school districts across the United States and Canada. MPISD was recognized for increasing access to Advanced Placement course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. According to The College Board, “Reaching these goals indicates that these districts are successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit from rigorous AP course work.
“We are thrilled to be recognized by The College Board for our Advanced Placement program. MPISD is the only district in Northeast Texas to be named to the list. We offer a broad range of AP courses for our students. Our high school staff works hard to identify those students who are prepared and motivated for these rigorous courses and to encourage them to enroll in them.”
MPHS offers Pre-AP or AP courses in English, US History, World History, Government and Economics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics Statistics, French, Spanish and Art. “We have so many students interested in taking AP courses that we have multiple sections of most of these courses.” Marshall added. According to The College Board, inclusion on the 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2012-2014, for the following criteria:
- Increased participation/access to AP by at least 4% in large districts, 6% in medium districts and 11% in small districts;
- Increased or maintained the percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American India/Alaska Native students, and;
- Improved performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2014 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2012, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70% of its AP students scoring a 3 or higher.
- College Board data from 2014 show that among African American, Hispanic and Native American students with a high degree of readiness for AP, only about half of
- students are participating. “These 547 districts (including MPISD) are committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds,” The College Board said.
“We have a unique student body,” Marshall said. “One standard the College Board was looking at is districts that are actively seeking to enroll a broad representation of their student population in AP courses. According to The College Board, we do.” The College Board also noted when these outcomes were achieved among an AP student population in which 30% or more are underrepresented minority students (Black/African America, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native) and/or 30% or more are low-income students (students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch). Of the 29 Texas districts named to the list, MPISD is one of 14 that met these benchmarks.