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SDNB Named to College Board 2012 AP Honor Roll!

School District of New Berlin Placed on the College Board’s 3rd Annual AP® District Honor Roll for
Significant Gains in Advanced Placement® Access and Student Performance

The School District of New Berlin is one of 26 districts in Wisconsin and 539 districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board on its 3rd Annual AP® District Honor Roll, for increasing access to Advanced Placement® courses and maintaining its percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.

This is the second consecutive year that SNDB has been on the AP District Honor Roll. Since 2010, SDNB has increased the number of students participating in AP by 35%, from 406 to 550 while maintaining the percentage of students (73% in 2012) earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher, the score typically needed to earn college credit.

“We are very proud to be included on the AP Honor Roll once again,” said Superintendent Joe Garza. “We credit this accomplishment to our quality educators, hard-working students and their dedicated families—all who make achievements like these possible.”  

Garza said the honor is directly tied to the district’s goal of increasing the percentage of students in each graduating class who successfully complete a college-level course. The School District of New Berlin offers 24 AP courses.

More than 90 percent of colleges and universities across the U.S. offer college credit, advanced placement or both for a score of 3 or above on an AP Exam — which can potentially save students and their families thousands of dollars in college tuition.

“We applaud the extraordinary efforts of the devoted teachers and administrators in the School District of New Berlin, who are fostering rigorous work worth doing. These educators have not only expanded student access to AP course work, but they have enabled more of their students to achieve on a college level—which is helping to create a strong college-going culture,” said College Board President David Coleman.

Inclusion on the 3rd Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2010 to 2012, for the following criteria. Districts must:

- 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;

- Ensure that the percentage of African American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native students taking AP Exams did not decrease by more than 5 percent for large and medium districts or by more than 10 percent for small districts;

- Improve performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2012 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2010, unless the district has already attained a performance level in which more than 70 percent of the AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.

The full AP District Honor Roll is available at

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