Pierce Joint Unified School District was named to the College Board’s AP District Honor Roll this year. The distinction placed the district among 433 school districts in the U.S. and Canada that increased access to Advanced Placement courses for a greater number of students while maintaining or improving the passing rate on Advanced Placement Exams. It was the first time that Pierce Joint Unified was named to the AP District Honor Roll.
There were 22 schools in California on the list, and Pierce Joint Unified was the lone school from Colusa County. Among those California school districts, Pierce Joint Unified was one of fourteen that had both 30 percent or greater enrollment of American Indians, African Americans, and Hispanic/Latino students; and 30 percent or greater enrollment of students who qualify for free/reduced lunches.
“When I got that email, I was very proud to see our district listed among the names for AP participation,” Pierce Joint Unified Superintendent Carol Geyer said. “We’ve been really pushing to offer more AP, and making sure that all kids, if they take an AP class with us, they take the AP Test. We’ve been doing that through our Local Control and Accountability Plan.”
Inclusion on the 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2014 to 2016.
Schools were selected based on the following criteria:
Increased participation/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;
Increased or maintained 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
Improved performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2016 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2014, 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.■