447 School Districts Across the U.S. and Canada Are
Tucson, Arizona — Tanque Verde
Unified School District is one of 447 school districts in the U.S. and
Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 8th Annual AP® District Honor Roll. To be
included on the 8th Annual Honor Roll, Tanque Verde Unified School District had to, since 2015, 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.
“We continue to work diligently to ensure that our students are academically and personally successful,” stated Tanque Verde Unified School District Superintendent, Dr. Scott Hagerman. “This is positive recognition that our hard work is paying off for our students.”
data from 2017 show that 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. Tanque Verde Unified School District is
committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and
motivated students of all backgrounds.
“Congratulations to all the educators and administrators in this district who have worked to clear a path for more students of all backgrounds to participate and succeed in AP,” said Trevor Packer, head of AP and Instruction. “These educators and administrators are fostering a culture in their schools and classrooms that allows students to face new challenges and build the confidence to succeed.”
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.
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 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based
on a review of three years of AP data, from 2015 to 2017, looking across 38 AP Exams,
including world language and culture. The following criteria were used.
participation/access to AP by at least 4% in large districts, at least 6% in
medium districts, and at least 11% in small districts;
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
students scoring 3+ on at least one AP Exam; and
or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2017 percentage of students
scoring a 3 or higher to the 2015 percentage, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which
more than 70% of its AP students earn a 3 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% 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 8th
Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found here: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/score-reports-data/awards/honor-roll
Verde Unified School District School District
Tanque Verde Unified School District is located in Tucson, Arizona. It was originally
established in 1885 as a K-8 district which served the Tanque Verde Valley
community, 14 miles northeast of central Tucson. Once primarily a rural
ranching community, the Tanque Verde Unified School District retains its unique
history and identity, but now serves a primarily residential suburban community.
With the addition of a comprehensive 9-12 high school in 2005, the District now
serves approximately 2,100 students at four school sites, comprised of two K-6
elementary schools, one 7-8 junior high school, and one 9-12 high school.
success of the District is attributed to a highly supportive community, and an
accomplished, dedicated and caring staff of over 280 employees who work to
provide the highest quality education and support services to all District
students. The District endeavors to create pathways to success for all
students and to ensure effective communication, collaboration, school
partnerships and facilities that provide a safe and supportive environment for
students and staff members.