Miami-Dade schools has earned top honors for successfully expanding access to tough, college-level courses while improving passing scores, the College Board announced Monday.
The school district won the AP District Award because, from 2011 to 2013, the number of students taking Advanced Placement courses increased by 2,000 to 22,000 students. At the same time, the percentage of students earning a score of 3 or higher on the AP exam, the score typically needed to receive college credit from a university, increased by four points to 46 percent, which is higher than the Florida average from 2012.
The award is given to three districts, one small, medium and large, each year.
“Miami-Dade Public Schools has achieved this performance-driven growth in a particularly noteworthy manner among your underserved student populations,” wrote Trevor Packer, senior vice president of Advanced Placement and College Readiness Programs.
The district has been honored in the past for the number of Black and Hispanic students taking and passing the test.
The award comes with a $10,000 scholarship to be used in support of Advanced Placement courses.