Congrats: DeKalb, Gwinnett, Rockdale, Oconee, Worth, Madison and Walker counties earn spots on AP honor roll

Seven Georgia districts were recognized today by the College Board on the 3rd Annual AP District Honor Roll for simultaneously increasing access to AP courses while increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.

They are DeKalb, Gwinnett, Walker, Oconee, Madison, Rockdale and Worth counties.

DeKalb sent me a release on its inclusion on the honor roll:

According to the College Board, only about half of African-American, Hispanic and Native American students with a high degree of readiness for AP actually participate, often because the courses aren’t offered.

In DeKalb, where 88 percent of the student population is non-white and 71.13 percent of students receive free or reduced-price meals, AP classes are offered at 23 schools.

“We are ecstatic to receive this high level state and national recognition for our students and the district,” said Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Atkinson. “We know that by providing support and access to these high-level courses, we are exposing our students to new levels of academic rigor that will prepare them for college, post-graduation training and future careers.”

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 higher on an AP Exam, which can potentially save students and their families thousands of dollars in college tuition.

A total of 539 school districts across 44 of 50 states in the U. S. and six Canadian provinces achieved honor roll status. In Georgia, seven districts were recognized. 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:

1) 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;

2) 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;

3) 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.

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

6 comments Add your comment


November 13th, 2012
9:53 pm

Let’s keep recognizing and celebrating these otherwise crappy schools while the schools that have consistently done well go unrecognized. Gotta love this crappy education system that we have.

Pride and Joy

November 13th, 2012
10:04 pm

I am not impressed with how many AP classes are offered. I am impressed by how many kids graduate from these schools with a good high school education.
The graduation rate is 60%. Almost half of all the kids drop out of high school.
And we’re celebrating access to AP classes for non-whites?
Non-whites aren’t even graduating.
Why aren’t we concentrating on the basics for the non-whites instead of patting ourselves on the back for offering AP classes for non-whites?
Whites are the oness who need the AP classes. The traditional classes are dumbed down and whites are held hostage by low-functioning kids and to put them in a “gifted” class is considered racist.
We need to do teh right thing for ALL of Georgia’s kids, not just the non-white kids.
Once again, it is a crime to be educated and white in metro area schools in GA.

Private Citizen

November 14th, 2012
6:35 am

Maybe with 8 years of president Obama, identity politics will run its course and people can be people.

Private Citizen

November 14th, 2012
6:37 am

where 88 percent of the student population is non-white

(rhetorically) And your point is? And?

Beverly Fraud

November 14th, 2012
12:01 pm

I bet Maureen didn’t have to drag them kicking and screaming to make a comment on this one.


November 14th, 2012
2:34 pm

…. just another reason we moved out of Gwinnett. Too much focus on bringing up the bottom (minority and free/reduced lunch) and not enough emphasis on educating and challenging kids who come from stable, intact familes who consider education a priority.