LWSD earns place on advanced placement district honor roll

More students are taking and succeeding in AP courses.

  • Friday, January 18, 2019 8:30am
  • Life

For the fifth year in a row, the College Board named Lake Washington School District (LWSD) to its Annual AP District Honor Roll. LWSD is one of only 373 public school districts in the United States and Canada and one of four in Washington state to be honored. Lake Washington is one of two districts in the state to be a multi-year recipient of the AP Honor Roll Award.

The Honor Roll recognizes districts that increase access to Advanced Placement (AP) coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams. Districts that reach these goals successfully identify motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit from rigorous AP course work.

This is the sixth time that LWSD has received this recognition in the nine years of the Honor Roll.

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. Achieving that score may save students and their families thousands of dollars in college tuition.

“We’re very proud of this recognition because it represents the qualities that make our school district one of the best in the country,” noted Dr. Jane Stavem, superintendent. “A strong commitment to opportunities for all students, excellent instruction delivered by the teachers in our classrooms, and amazing students who tenaciously pursue rigorous course offerings.”

The number of AP tests taken by LWSD students increased from 3,934 in 2016, 4,526 in 2017 to 4,783 in 2018. The rate of students achieving a score of 3 or higher was 80% for 2016, increased to 81 percent in 2017 and to 82 percent in 2018.

Inclusion on the 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on three years of AP data, from 2016 to 2018. Here are the criteria:

  • Increased participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, 6 percent in medium districts, and 11 percent in small 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 district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.

More in Life

Redmond Performing Arts Center to host Woodinville Community Band

The group’s “Winds of Change” concert is set for May 19.

Redmond Historical Society examines ships’ cats at next speaker series event

Ships’ cats were an integral part of many sailors’ everyday lives.

Tesla STEM students partnered with NAMI Eastside to plan the 2019 Youth Mental Health Conference. Courtesy photo
Tesla STEM students partner with NAMI Eastside for mental health conference

NAMI Eastside Youth Mental Health Conference will held May 4.

Indian film produced in Seattle to show this weekend

“Vellai Pookal” will show on April 19 at the Lincoln Square Cinema.

Seen at the Day Out for Autism event was the Wang family. The Wang family walked for Yikuan Li (green jacket), 17. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo
Day Out for Autism comes to Redmond for the first time

Washington Autism Alliance and Advocacy hosts 6th annual event.

Sophia Gonzalez of ICS was the 151st Coca Cola Scholar at this year’s Scholar’s Banquet in Atlanta, GA. Courtesy photo
Two LWSD students receive $20,000 Coca Cola scholarships

Sarah Raza (RHS) and Sophia Gonzalez (ICS) were selected for their community service work.

Honeywell sponsored 292 from 41 countries and 27 states to participate in the HCLA at the USSRC. Photo courtesy of HCLA.
Bellevue and Redmond students participate in Space Camp program

Atharva Ladha of Redmond and Chloe Fong of Bellevue share their experiences with the HCLA at the USSRC.

Take ‘eating clean’ to a whole new level

Avoid foods made with chemicals, support natural detox.

RHS jazz band rehearses for their upcoming performance at Carnegie Hall. Saxophones from left: Yotam Snir, Jackson Graves, Noah Barr, Emma Johnson, Ryan York. Trombones from left: Matthew Ovanesyan, Andrew Shi, Trevor Michalski, Jonathan McCrady. Trumpets from left: Rafael de Ocampo, Martin Shi, Shane Melrose. Conductor: Any Robertson. Madison Miller/staff photo
Redmond high musicians invited back to Carnegie Hall

The groups have been invited to return to the Ensemble Spotlight Series on April 21.

Most Read