Dallas ISD makes AP District Honor Roll list with significant gains in student access, success


The Dallas Independent School District is one of 433 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 7th Annual AP® District Honor Roll.

To be included on the 7th Annual Honor Roll, Dallas ISD had to, since 2014, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Reaching these goals shows that Dallas ISD is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP.

“Thanks to the support of the community, private donors, the Dallas Independent School District, administrators and dedicated teachers, the ever growing accomplishments of our hard working students is being recognized as they prepare for postsecondary success,” said Mitch Morken, director of Advanced Academic Services for Dallas ISD.

National data from 2016 show that among African-American, Hispanic, and Native American students with a high degree of readiness for AP, only about half are participating. Dallas ISD is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.

In 2016, more than 4,000 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, or both, and/or consideration in the admission process.

Inclusion on the 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2014 to 2016, looking across 37 AP Exams, including world language and culture.

In order to be considered for the AP Honor Roll districts must:

  • Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4% in large districts, at least 6 % in medium districts, and at least 11% in small districts;
  • Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by African-American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students who scored 3+ on at least one AP Exam; and
  • Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2016 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2014 percentage, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70% of its AP students earn a 3 or higher.

When these outcomes have been achieved among an AP student population in which 30 percent or more are underrepresented minority students African-American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native) and/or 30 percent or more are low-income students (students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch), a symbol has been attached to the district name to highlight this work.


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