79 Students Earn AP Scholar Awards, NHPS Makes National Honor Roll

November 28, 2012
Abbe Smith
NHPS Director of Communications
203-497-7015, 203-676-0463 (cell)
79 Students earn AP Scholar Awards for exceptional achievement on AP exams; One student qualifies for National AP Scholar Award
New Haven Public Schools is being honored this year for placement on the 3rd Annual AP District Honor for increasing access to Advanced Placement courses and increasing the number of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.
New Haven is one of two school districts in Connecticut with more than 30 percent free and reduced lunch and more than 30 percent minority that made the Honor Roll. The other is East Hartford.
From 2010-2012, New Haven Public Schools increased the number of students participating in AP from 510 to 617 while improving the percentage of students earning at least one score of 3 or higher. More than 90 percent of colleges and universities across the country offer college credit, advanced placement or both for a score of 3 or above on a five-point scale on an AP Exam — which can potentially save students and their families thousands of dollars in college tuition.
In addition to the district making the national AP District Honor Roll, New Haven Public Schools had 79 students earn AP Scholar Awards for exceptional achievement on AP exams. One student qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average score of 4 or higher all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. The student, Wen T. Jiang, graduated from Hill Regional Career High School.
“Making the National AP District Honor Roll is a huge honor for New Haven Public Schools and a sign that we are moving in the right direction as a district committed to boosting academic achievement,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo. “I applaud Mr. Jiang and all of the students who worked so hard last year in their AP classes and earned top scores on the exam.”
“I am incredibly proud of our students for challenging themselves with rigorous AP coursework and seeing their hard work pay off with qualifying scores on the AP exam,” said Dr. Dolores Garcia-Blocker, Supervisor of Guidance, Counseling and TAG. “This is a true honor for New Haven Public Schools.”
The increases in the number of students taking AP classes and scoring high on AP exams is good news as the district continues its School Change Initiative, which seeks to ensure every students is academically prepared for and financially able to go to college. School Change also seeks to close the achievement gap with the state, reduce the dropout rate and increase the graduation rate.
Of this year’s AP Scholar Award recipients, 26 are sophomores or juniors. These students have at least one more year in which to complete college-level work and possibly earn a higher-level AP Scholar Award. The remaining 53 students graduated from their high schools in June of 2012.
In all, 617 NHPS students took 1,068 AP Exams in schools throughout the district last year. Of those, 251 students earned qualifying scores of 3 or higher on 405 exams. These are all increases over last years’ enrollment of 585 students, 1037 AP Exams, and 305 qualifying scores.
The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 18 percent of the more than 1.9 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award.