San Ramon Unified School District (SRVUSD) is the only school district in California and one of four in the nation to be honored by the College Board with placement on the Annual AP® District Honor Roll for all six years of the program. This year, SRVUSD is one of 425 school districts in the U.S. and Canada honored for increasing access to Advanced Placement (AP) course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.
Reaching these goals indicates that a district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for the opportunity of AP. To be included on the 6th Annual Honor Roll, San Ramon Valley Unified had to, since 2013, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the number of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher.
Over 41 percent of San Ramon Valley Unified’s eligible students (all 10th-12th graders) took at least one Advanced Placement class in 2014-2015.
“The San Ramon Valley Unified School District, our teachers and parents are committed to providing all students an opportunity to reach their highest potential,” said SRVUSD Superintendent Mary Shelton. “Through this supportive partnership, our students are able to access a wide variety of rigorous and engaging classes that prepare them for the Advanced Placement tests.”
Data from 2015 show that among black/African American, Hispanic, and Native American students with a high degree of readiness for AP, only about half of students are participating. The first step to delivering the opportunity of AP to students is providing access by ensuring courses are available, that gatekeeping stops, and that the doors are equitably opened so these students can participate. SRVUSD is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.
“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,” said Trevor Packer, the College Board’s senior vice president of AP and Instruction. “Congratulations to these teachers and administrators, and to their hard-working students.”
In 2015, more than 3,800 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, and/or consideration in the admission process, with many colleges and universities in the United States offering credit in one or more subjects for qualifying AP scores.
Inclusion on the 6th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2013 to 2015, looking across 34 AP Exams, including world language and culture. The following criteria were used.
· Increase 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;
· Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students; and
· Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2015 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2013 percentage, 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.
The complete 6th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found here.
Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, the San Ramon Valley Unified School District stands among the highest-achieving school districts in California. It encompasses the communities of Alamo, Blackhawk, Danville, Diablo, and San Ramon (including the new Dougherty Valley communities in east San Ramon) as well as a small portion of the cities of Walnut Creek and Pleasanton. Considered a “destination district” due to its strong reputation for academic excellence, businesses and families chose to move to the area for its schools. With approximately 32,000 students, the District has a 98.4% graduation rate. Almost 40% of students are enrolled in an Advanced Placement course and 95% of graduates plan to attend college.