Team Chesterfield earns AP District Honor Roll status for increasing access to and performance on AP tests

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Chesterfield County Public Schools has been selected to the College Board’s ninth annual AP District Honor Roll, one of just two school divisions in Virginia to receive this prestigious honor and the only large school division in the commonwealth to be selected for the recognition.

Nearly 375 school divisions in the U.S. and Canada were honored by the College Board. The recognition highlighted school divisions for increasing access to Advanced Placement coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students who earned a score of 3 or higher on an AP exam.

“I applaud Chesterfield County Public Schools on earning this honor. Expanding access to AP courses while improving performance is a difficult balancing act,” said Valerie Keating, an associate director with the College Board.

Criteria used for the national recognition includes:

  • Increased access to APcourses by at least 4 percent in large districts;
  • Increased or maintained the percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students; and
  • Improved performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2018 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2016, unless the division has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its APstudents are scoring a 3 or higher.

“Chesterfield County Public Schools has prioritized rigor, relevance and relationships as a key factor in increasing student engagement and ultimately academic achievement,” School Board Chair John Erbach said. “We want our students to challenge themselves to prepare them for success in life beyond high school. This national recognition reaffirms that what we are doing is in the best interests of our students.”

Removing barriers to rigorous courses has been identified as a priority by new Chesterfield County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Merv Daugherty.

“This is an equity issue and an opportunity issue,” Dr. Daugherty said. “We should be challenging all students. You never know what a child can achieve unless you challenge them to try. Our job is to provide students with the opportunity to grow and learn.”