Northside ISD is the only school district in San Antonio to be named to the prestigious annual Advanced Placement (AP) District Honor Roll by The College Board.
The honor recognizes districts that have increased access to AP course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.
Students earn college credit while in high school Advanced Placement programs. Currently, NISD has 17,282 middle and high school students enrolled in 34 different AP courses.
NISD is one of only 28 school districts in Texas and one of 447 school districts in the U.S. and Canada to receive the honor.
“This is an incredible honor for our secondary schools, both middle and high schools, that worked together to build a Pre-AP and AP culture in Northside,” says Dr. Brian T. Woods, superintendent.
“It is an undeniable benefit to our students to be able to offer AP courses,” Woods says. “Tied to the students’ hard work, students can earn credit for college, save on college tuition, and as a result, be able to graduate from college on or perhaps ahead of time.”
Over the past three years, NISD has focused on increasing AP scores by including Pre-AP training for all Pre-AP middle school and high school teachers, offering AP Super Saturdays for student review with certified College Board presenters working with students and teachers, establishing district-wide Professional Learning Communities (PLC), training coordinators and campus administrators on the AP Potential tool for recruitment and advertisement, encouraging AP teachers to attend AP Summer Institutes, and encouraging and supporting AP teachers to become AP readers.
In 2017, 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 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2015-2017. 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 African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students, as well as increase/maintain the percentage of those groups in scoring 3+ on at least one AP Exam;
• Improve performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2017 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2015, 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.