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Friday, January 6, 2017

Moultonborough School District Has Been Placed on the College Board’s 7th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for Significant Gains in Student Access and Success

Moultonborough was one of only nine school districts in New Hampshire and one of only 433 total in the U.S. and Canada to be recognized. 
Here are the nine NH districts  honored: 
Exeter School District, Fall Mountain Regional School District, Gilford School District,Hopkinton School District, Kearsarge Regional School District, Lebanon School District, Manchester School District, Merrimack School District and Moultonborough School District
Congratulations to students and administration in gaining this recognition.

P.O. Box 419 • Moultonborough • NH • 03254                                        Phone:  (603) 476-5247
www.sau45.org                                                                                       Fax:  (603) 476-8009
Superintendent of Schools, Susan Noyes
Business Administrator, Kay Peranelli                                     Special Education Director, Ryan Marsh
          kperanelli@sau45.org                                                                            rmarsh@sau45.org

 For Immediate Release: January 5, 2017
The Moultonborough School District Has Been Placed on the College Board’s 7th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for Significant Gains in Student Access and Success

433 School Districts Across the U.S. and Canada Are Honored

Moultonborough, NH — Moultonborough School District is one of 433 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 7th Annual AP® District Honor Roll.  To be included on the 7th Annual Honor Roll, Moultonborough School District had to, since 2014, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Reaching these goals shows that this district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP.
Superintendent, Sue Noyes, and Moultonborough Academy Principal, Andy Coppinger, said that along with student participation in a variety of advanced placement courses offered at the Academy, students who do not take the classes are encouraged to take the advanced placement exams.  Many Moultonborough Academy students, over the past three years, have taken advantage of the “open enrollment” practice and have earned a 3 or higher.   
National data from 2016 show that among black/African American, Hispanic, and Native American students with a high degree of readiness for AP, only about half are participating. The first step to getting more of these students to participate is to give them access. Courses must be made available, gatekeeping must stop, and doors must be equitably opened.  Moultonborough School District is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.
“Congratulations to all the teachers and administrators in this district who have worked so tirelessly to both expand access to AP and also to help students succeed on the AP Exams,” said Trevor Packer, the College Board’s head of AP and Instruction. “These teachers and administrators are delivering real opportunity in their schools and classrooms, and students are rising to the challenge.” Helping more students learn at a higher level and earn higher AP scores is an objective of all members of the AP community, from AP teachers to district and school administrators to college professors. Many districts are experimenting with initiatives and strategies to see how they can expand access and improve student performance at the same time.
In 2016, more than 4,000 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, or both, and/or consideration in the admission process.
 Inclusion on the 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2014 to 2016, looking across 37 AP Exams, including world language and culture. The following criteria were used.
Districts must:
  • Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4% in large districts, at least 6 % in medium districts, and at least 11% in small districts;
  • Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students; and
  • Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2016 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2014 percentage, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70% of its AP students earn a 3 or higher.

When these outcomes have been achieved among an AP student population in which 30% or more are underrepresented minority students (black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native) and/or 30% or more are low-income students (students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch), a symbol has been affixed to the district name to highlight this work.
The complete 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found at:  "http://professionals.collegeboard.com/k-12/awards/ap-district-honor-roll"

Thank you,

Susan Noyes
Superintendent of Schools

1 comment:

Fred Van Magness SR said...

Ever since Ms. Noyes arrived to take charge of he Moultonborough School District, it is clear in my mind that substantial progress has been made in advancing student performance. Her departure is a huge loss. Now the search committee has a very large job ahead to find a replacement that brings the same sort of leadership and drive for excellence that Ms. Noyes sought to instill in the district. The question in my mind is whether the search committee is up to this task ??? When we think of the challenges for the town in attracting families, a strong, challenging, and academically advancing school system will be an important ingredient. Failure to find the correct new superintendent will be critical for both the school's as well as the town's future growth. I hope the process is not rushed and the committee spends a great deal of time in the vetting process. The future of the schools for the next 10 years rests in the new hire and the work of the search committee.