Steamboat schools named to College Board’s AP Honor Roll |

Steamboat schools named to College Board’s AP Honor Roll

Steamboat Springs Advanced Placement art student Tanner Stover hangs her work for the Steamboat Springs AP art class exhibit in May. The Steamboat Springs School District was recognized this month for its efforts to increase participation in AP classes, and for students' impressive AP test scores.
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— Advanced Placement programs at Steamboat Springs High School continue to grow in popularity, and student scores on comprehensive AP exams are also on the rise.

These factors led to the Steamboat Springs School District once again being placed on College Board’s AP Honor Roll, which recognizes districts that grow their AP programs without sacrificing student progress.

It’s the second year the district has been named to the list, and SSSD is one of only nine districts in Colorado named to the list this year and one of only four districts statewide to receive the award multiple times. This is the sixth year the College Board has awarded AP Honor Roll.

“The students of Steamboat Springs continue to push themselves to higher levels of academic achievement,” said Kevin Taulman, SSHS principal, in a news release. “We appreciate the dedication of our students and of our teachers who provide high levels of academic rigor for our students through the AP courses offered in our school.”

During the past school year, SSHS had 144 students take 238 AP exams, with 107 — or about 66 percent — achieving a score of 3 or higher on the tests. This compares to the 2012-13 school year, when 96 students took a combined 153 exams, and 63 students, or about 74 percent, earned a score of 3 or higher.

“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,” said Trevor Packer, College Board’s senior vice president of AP and instruction, in a release. “Congratulations to these teachers and administrators and to their hard-working students.”

Taulman credited students, teachers and parents for helping prepare students for their futures after graduation — preparations that include the demanding AP courses.

“We are fortunate to have outstanding students and teachers who strive to continuously improve and parents who support their learning,” he said.

Criteria used to determine the award stipulate districts must:

• increase participation/access to AP by a percentage based on district size;

• increase or maintain the percent of exams taken by black, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native students, and;

• improve or maintain performance levels over a three year period.

Currently, 12 AP classes are offered in six departments, including AP physics I and II, chemistry, biology, two sections of AP calculus, statistics, Spanish, French, American history, studio art and English.

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