Dist. 202 sets record with 260 AP Scholars

8/17/2015, 1:38 p.m.
The number of students to have been named "scholars" is 27 higher than last year, which was then the district's ...

District 202 provided this news release:

Two hundred sixty District 202 high school graduates and current students have been named 2015 AP Scholars based on their performance on the Advanced Placement exams given during the 2014-2015 school year.

The 260 AP Scholars is the most ever for District 202, and 27 more than last year's 233 AP Scholars, which was also a record number.

The 260 include 11 students named National AP Scholars, the highest Scholar designation. The 11 is nearly double last year's six National Scholars.

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program allows motivated and academically prepared high school students to take challenging, college-level courses and get college credit, advanced placement or both for successful performance on the AP Exams.

District 202's ongoing success with the AP Scholar program is a continued affirmation of the work the district has done to empower and encourage students to take more challenging courses, said Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Glenn Wood.

District 202 has increased the number of AP classes offered, increased access to those classes and provided additional support to students who choose to take them, he said. In 2006, District 202 offered only four AP courses. This year District 202 offers 24 AP courses.

Students do not have to take the AP exams associated with their courses, but most do. Students may earn college credit for their subject area by taking the tests for their AP classes. As well, the testing program helps district staff to gauge how effectively the courses are being taught.

This year's results follow major initiatives implemented over the last several years to improve high school achievement, by raising the number of more challenging courses, making it easier for more students to take such courses and eliminating some lower-level classes, among numerous other systemic upgrades.

The 2015 AP Scholars include:

  • 33 Plainfield High School - Central Campus students, down from 42 last year;
  • 61 Plainfield South High School students, up from 53 last year;
  • 111 Plainfield North High School students, up from 83 last year;
  • 55 Plainfield East High School students, the same as last year.

The AP Scholar Awards are given at four levels:

  • AP Scholars earned at least a 3 (out of a possible five) on three or more AP exams.

o This year, District 202 had 139 AP Scholars, up from 118 last year.

  • AP Scholars with Honor earned an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.

o This year, District 202 had 52 AP Scholars with Honor, up from 50 last year.

  • AP Scholars with Distinction earned an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

o This year, District 202 had 69 AP Scholars with Distinction, up from 65 last year.

National AP Scholar status is granted to students in the United States who earn an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.