Pleasanton ISD earns positon on AP District Honor Roll



Pictured, from left, back row: Counselor Amanda Hardy, AP Art Teacher Sharon Kotzur, AP English Teacher Brandi Leonhardt, AP Spanish Teacher Noel Garcia, Assistant Principal Donna Minniear, PHS Principal Twila Guajardo, Academic Dean Stacy Downs, Counselor Marsha Leach, AP US History Teacher Nechole Williams and Counselor Sarah Evans; front row, from left: Robert Gonzales, MacKenzie Pilgrim, James Barcomb, Emmanuel Jaimes- Ramirez, Blake Moos, Celia Alvarez-Bibian, Kate McNeill, Lauren Dowdy, Teana Navarro, Ruben Romo-Perez, Jesus Rodriguez, Jeremias Bejerano and Robert Rutherford. EMILY MANN | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Pictured, from left, back row: Counselor Amanda Hardy, AP Art Teacher Sharon Kotzur, AP English Teacher Brandi Leonhardt, AP Spanish Teacher Noel Garcia, Assistant Principal Donna Minniear, PHS Principal Twila Guajardo, Academic Dean Stacy Downs, Counselor Marsha Leach, AP US History Teacher Nechole Williams and Counselor Sarah Evans; front row, from left: Robert Gonzales, MacKenzie Pilgrim, James Barcomb, Emmanuel Jaimes- Ramirez, Blake Moos, Celia Alvarez-Bibian, Kate McNeill, Lauren Dowdy, Teana Navarro, Ruben Romo-Perez, Jesus Rodriguez, Jeremias Bejerano and Robert Rutherford. EMILY MANN | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Recently, Pleasanton ISD was notified by the College Board that they earned a position on the 10th Annual AP District Honor Roll. This is an honor given to districts who continue to offer access to a variety of Advanced Placement (AP) classes at the High School level, and are increasing their percentage of students earninga3orhigher on AP exams. Students whoscorea3orhigheron a scale of 1-5 on AP exams have the potential of earning college credit.

According to the College Board website, the criteria to be awarded a position on the AP District Honor Roll is having an increased rate in participation and access to AP classes by at least 4% in large districts, 6% in medium districts and 11% in small districts. Districts must increase or maintain a certain percenage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students takingandscoringa3or higher on at least one AP exam. Lastly, there must be an improvement in performance levels when comparing 2019 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher on AP exams to those in 2017, unless the district is already attaining percentage of more than 70% of students scoring a 3 or higher on their exams.

This is a very prestigious honor for PISD since only 250 schools in the United States and Canada were awarded a position on this honor roll and only 18 of those schools are in Texas.

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 participate is to give them access. Courses must be made available, gatekeeping must stop and doors must be opened equitably.

Pleasanton ISD is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.

College Board recognizes these Honor Roll districts for challenging the belief that if schools increase access to AP classes, their percentages ofstudentsscoringa3or higher on the AP exams will decrease. This is not the case at Pleasanton High School!

“With more students participating and succeeding in AP in this district, more students are getting a head start on college by earning college credit during high school,” said Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President of AP and Instruction at the College Board. “We are pleased to honor the teachers and administrators who have worked to clear a path for more students of all backgrounds to advance through AP.”

The district and PHS teachers are doing an exceptional job identifying students who can benefit and succeed in such rigorous courses and an outstanding job making sure their students are prepared for these challenging exams.

This award was presented at the school board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

In regards to this award, Dr. Mann stated, “This is a great honor and the high school staff should be extremely proud. They have been very purposeful on improving student AP scores and this honor certainly acknowledges that work.”

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