The Pulaski County School System has received a prestigious honor reflecting the success of its students in the classroom — and beyond.
The College Board, a national non-profit organization that promotes education along with providing financial support and scholarships, has named Pulaski Schools to its third-annual AP District Honor Roll.
The “Honor Roll” recognizes success in Advanced Placement (AP) programs — specifically, increasing access to AP coursework while increasing the percentage of students earning qualifying scores (on a scale of 1-5, that would be 3,4, or 5) on the corresponding exams.
The College Board is known for developing the college entrance exam known as the SAT, perhaps the most commonly known test of its kind among American students. Its stamp of approval is considered to be of premium value in the education arena, and isn’t handed out to just anyone.
“This is a very difficult recognition to obtain,” said Angela Murphy, Secondary Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction for the county school district. “The College Board is meticulous in detail, there are no gray areas — you either get it or you don’t.”
In October, Pulaski County School received a healthy chunk of change for doing well in AP courses thanks to the AdvanceKentucky program, earning almost $30,000 as a result of initiatives designed to reward students for qualifying scores on AP exams.
So things had been going well for Pulaski in terms of their drive to make students “college and career ready,” as their maxim goes — but even Murphy didn’t know exactly how well, it would seem.
“I had no idea we were going to get this,” said Murphy. “I knew our schools were moving up, that we had improved as a district, but I hadn’t considered this from the College Board.”
Added Superintendent Steve Butcher, “Our initiative in encouraging our high schools to offer more rigorous opportunities through AP classes is paying huge dividends for our students. The Advance Kentucky grant gave us a much needed boost to make this a reality.”