ISD 748 Recognized on the AP Honor Roll

The Sartell-St. Stephen School District is being recognized on the Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Roll.  Only 539 school districts in the nation, and 11 in the state of Minnesota, were recognized this year by the College Board.  The recognition is due to the continued opening of AP classroom doors to a significantly broader pool of students, while maintaining or improving the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher. 

“This is exciting for our teachers and our students and a credit to their hard work as we continue to increase the rigor expected in AP coursework.  Our staff have been amazing in their participation in training and preparing our students for the level of rigor.  Our students and families have stepped up to the challenges and high expectations these courses demand.  Our community has also been supportive through funding training through the Sartell-St. Stephen Education Foundation for continued training and staff development.  This honor is something we can all be proud of," said Brenda Steve, principal of Sartell High School.

According to College Board, improvement in AP results typically takes sustained effort; the District Honor Roll is based on examination of three years of AP data: 2010, 2011, and 2012 data from all students who took AP Examinations in May of those years. Inclusion on the 3rd Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the following criteria:

  • Examination of three years of AP data, from 2010 to 2012;
  • Increase in participation in/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;
  • A steady or increasing percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native students; and
  • Performance levels maintained or improved when comparing the percentage of students in 2012 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2010, or the school has already attained a performance level in which more than 70 percent of the AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.

“The district has a continued focus on personalizing the educational experience and providing rigorous and challenging courses for all students.  This honor validated the quality work of all or our schools, our families and the support of our community,” shared Superintendent, Joe Hill.