For the third straight year, the College Board—a nonprofit organization which prepares students for a successful transition to college—has named the Lake Travis Independent School District to its AP® District Honor Roll 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.
Lake Travis ISD is one of 23 school districts out of 1,030 districts in Texas to be named to the Honor Roll. In all, 425 school districts across the United States and Canada were selected.
“This incredible honor speaks to the efforts of our teachers and staff which provide our students with opportunities to engage in rigorous college-level course work,” said Dr. Brad Lancaster, LTISD Superintendent of Schools. “Preparing for postsecondary success in high school is an amazing opportunity more and more of our students are taking advantage of. I congratulate Lake Travis High School Principal Kim Brents, her team, and our high-achieving students for this accolade.”
Inclusion on the 6th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2013 to 2015, for the following criteria.
Increased participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts, and at least 11 percent in small districts;
Increased or maintained the percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students, and;
Improved performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2015 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2013, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher
According to the College Board, reaching these goals indicates that districts on the Honor Roll are successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit from rigorous AP course work.
Since 2010, Lake Travis High School has increased the number of students taking AP exams by more than 72 percent, while the number of students earning AP exam scores of 3 or higher has increased by more than 66 percent.
“That the committed teachers and administrators in this district have both expanded AP access and also helped their students achieve high levels of performance on AP exams shows they’re delivering opportunity in their schools and classrooms, and it is a real testament to their belief that a more diverse population of young people is ready for the challenge of college,” Trevor Packer, the College Board’s senior vice president of AP and Instruction said. “Congratulations to these teachers and administrators, and to their hard-working students.”
To view the complete listing of school districts named to the College Board’s 6th Annual AP® District Honor Roll, click here.