Pulaski was one of only 539 school districts from the U.S. and Canada combined to receive a spot on the “Honor Roll,” and one of 10 from the Commonwealth of Kentucky, five of which are also in the AdvanceKentucky program (also including Fayette, Bourbon, Clinton, and Washington County Schools).
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.
In 2012, approximately 26,523 Kentucky public school students took more than 43,000 AP exams. More than 20,000 of those exams were scored at 3, 4 or 5.
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:
• 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
Achieving both the goals of increased access to coursework and improved qualifying scores is the ideal scenario for a district’s AP program because it indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit most from challenging AP course work.
The main reward Pulaski County Schools get from this is recognition for being among North America’s elite in preparing students for what they’ll see at the next level, which has become a focus for Pulaski Schools and those across Kentucky thanks to a recent revamping of student assessment paradigm.