The distinction shows that Aldine ISD is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for Advanced Placement courses.
The Aldine Independent School District is one of just 250 school systems in the United States and Canada to receive a spot on the College Board’s 10th Annual Advanced Placement (AP®) District Honor Roll.
To be included on the 10th Annual Honor Roll, Aldine ISD schools had to meet two requirements: increase the number of students participating in AP® since 2017 and increase or maintain the percentage of students earning AP® Exam scores of 3 or higher.
“We are very pleased with this recognition as we continue to ensure that all of our students are college, career, and community ready,” Superintendent LaTonya M. Goffney said. “One of our goals in our strategic plan is to expand options. We continue to work to give our students more access to AP® and opportunities to succeed in the AP college-level courses, and we will continue to do so as we move forward. We want more of our students getting a head start by earning college credit during their high school years. I applaud the teachers and administrators who promote advanced academics and work with students of all backgrounds to be academically competitive and successful.”
Aldine ISD is committed to expanding the availability of AP® courses. The district has plans to add two new AP® courses next year — AP Human Geography and AP Computer Science.
The district leaders are also experimenting with initiatives and strategies to see how they can expand access and improve student performance. AISD is preparing to launch an Advanced Academics Boot Camp for students to help prepare them for advanced course work in both middle and high school. The annual Boot Camp will focus on skills such as note-taking, organizational habits, study skills, and social-emotional learning tools such as perseverance to achieve long-term goals. We will also continue to build our advanced academics pipeline by identifying and encouraging our elementary students to enroll in Honors courses in middle school.
Districts must meet the following criteria:
- Increased participation/access to AP by at least 4% in large districts, at least 6% in medium districts, and at least 11% 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 3+ on at least one AP Exam; and
- Improved performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2018 scoring a 3 or higher than those in 2016, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70% of its AP students are scoring 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 College Board’s AP® fee reduction), a symbol has been affixed to the district name to highlight this work.
National data from 2019 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 take part is to give them access, gatekeeping must stop, and doors must be opened equitably.
“Reaching the Honor Roll goals shows that this district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP,” the College Board said in a statement.
In 2019, 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.
This is the first time the district has made the Honor Roll.