Eleven Illinois districts earn spots on the national Advanced Placement Honor Roll
State investments in AP help more students of color take and succeed in college preparation courses
SPRINGFIELD – Gains in Advanced Placement (AP) access and success have earned 11 Illinois school districts spots on the 10th annual AP District Honor Roll. The College Board named 250 districts across the country to the prestigious Honor Roll this year. Districts on the AP Honor Roll have significantly increased access to AP among historically underrepresented student groups, while maintaining or improving the percentage of students who earned scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.
The state’s investments in AP continue to provide a path for more students of color to take and succeed in college preparation courses. Governor JB Pritzker’s fiscal year 2020 budget included $2.5 million for AP Exam fee waivers for students with limited resources and for grants for schools to develop and implement AP courses.
ISBE’s 2019 Illinois Report Card showed four years of continuous growth in students’ access to and success in Advanced Placement. Statewide, students of color now make up 48 percent of total students enrolled in AP courses – up 5 percentage points from just three years ago. At the same time that the state has expanded access, Illinois has raised its pass rate on AP Exams by 2.5 percentage points since 2016.
“Every child in Illinois deserves access to a quality education that will put them on the path to success, regardless of their background or zip code,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “By removing common hurdles like fees that prevent students from participating and budget restraints that prevent schools from offering Advance Placement classes, we can ensure that all our students have all the tools they need to achieve their full potential – especially getting college credit before they graduate from high school.”
“The achievements of Illinois students in Advanced Placement courses make us proud,” said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carmen I. Ayala. “Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois State Board of Education continue to support districts in opening doors and breaking down barriers for all students to have access to AP courses. The state’s investments in AP access help to ensure that each and every student has the resources and rigor they need to reach their goals after high school.”
Participation in AP gives students an edge in pursuing their college and career goals. Scoring a 3 or higher on an AP Exam can earn college credit for students, potentially making college more affordable and allowing students to take a greater number of advanced or elective courses or to graduate early. In 2019, more than 4,000 colleges and universities around the world permitted AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, or both, and/or consideration in the admissions process.
The districts whose significant achievements in AP landed them on the 10th annual national AP District Honor Roll are:
- Barrington Community Unit School District 220 in Barrington
- Central Community Unit School District 301 in Burlington
- Coal City 1 Community School District in Coal City
- Community Unit School District 95 in Lake Zurich
- Edwardsville Community Unit School District 7 in Edwardsville
- O’Fallon Township School District 203 in O’Fallon
- Reavis Township High School District 220 in Burbank
- Saint Charles Community Unit School District 303 in Saint Charles
- Sherrard Community School District 200 in Sherrard
- Township High School District 211 in Palatine
- United Township High School District 30 in East Moline
Inclusion in the 10th annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the College Board’s review of three years of AP data, from 2017 to 2019, looking across 38 AP Exams, including world language and culture.