For Immediate Release: December 20, 2016
Lebanon Public Schools Placed on the College Board’s 7th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for Significant Gains in Student Access and Success
433 School Districts Across the U.S. and Canada Are Honored
Lebanon, CT —The Lebanon Public Schools is one of 433 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 7th Annual AP® District Honor Roll. To be included on the 7th Annual Honor Roll, Lyman Memorial High School had to, since 2014, 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.
“Facilitating access and increasing student enrollment in AP and other college level courses has been a long standing commitment of the Lebanon Public Schools,” said Robert Angeli, superintendent for the Lebanon Public Schools. Angeli added, “We are school system of continuous improvement and the administration and staff of Lyman Memorial High School have high expectations for all students. Being named to the 7th Annual AP® District Honor Roll is an indication that our students can rise to the challenge of a highly rigorous curriculum when supported by a talented and caring staff.”
“Congratulations to all the teachers and administrators in this district who have worked so tirelessly to both expand access to AP and also to help students succeed on the AP Exams,” said Trevor Packer, the College Board’s head of AP and Instruction. “These teachers and administrators are delivering real opportunity in their schools and classrooms, and students are rising to the challenge.” 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.
“It is a tribute to the faculty and students that we at Lyman Memorial High School have been able to increase enrollment in our AP courses while also preparing our students for future post-secondary success,” stated James Apicelli, principal of Lyman Memorial High School. “We had fourteen different AP tests in a school of slightly less than four hundred students. We have a 31% increase in the number of our AP students since 2012 and a 17% increase over 2015. We are constantly looking for ways to challenge our students to achieve at ever higher levels and we are looking to do this by further increasing our AP offerings. Over the course of the next two years we are adding three new AP courses, two in Computer Science and Biology,” said Apicelli.
Inclusion on the 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2014 to 2016, looking across 37 AP Exams, including world language and culture. The following criteria were used.
· 1. Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4% in large districts, at least 6 % in medium districts, and at least 11% in small districts;
· 2. Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students who scored 3+ on at least one AP Exam; and
· 3. Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2016 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2014 percentage, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70% of its AP students earn a 3 or higher.
The complete 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found here : http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/score_reports_data/awards/232608.html