VILLAGE OF PEWAUKEE - The Pewaukee School District has found itself on the Wisconsin Department of Instruction's Advanced Placement Honor Roll for public schools.
In the seventh annual listing, the school district is one of 22 school districts statewide on the honor roll. The AP program offers 38 courses that end with a voluntary end-of-year exam. Students who earn a score of 3 or higher on a 5-point scale on the exam may receive college credit, advanced standing or both from most colleges and universities. The honor roll recognizes districts that increase access to AP courses along with increasing the percentage of students who earn a score of 3 or higher on the AP exams.
"We're very proud to be on the list," Pewaukee School District Chief Academic Officer Mike Cady said. "We take Advanced Placement seriously because it represents rigor for our students. We have a high percentage of our students that do go on to a postsecondary education, and AP is a nice indicator for us to be gauging in how we're doing preparing students for that next level after graduation. It's been an area of emphasis for quite a while, and we've had significant growth, which is why I believe we're on the list. We're pleased to see that kind of recognition."
The honor roll is part of a report released by the DPI that shows a 10 percent increase over 10 years of students earning a qualifying score in AP classes that give them a headstart in their postsecondary careers. According to data from The College Board's report "AP Cohort Data: Graduating Class of 2016" (provides estimate of public school graduates who took at least one AP exam while in high school), 24.8 percent of 2016's graduating class earned a score of 3 or higher on an AP exam compared to 24.4 percent of 2015's graduating class, helping Wisconsin remain in the top dozen states nationwide for AP performance.
The report also showed 21,270 2016 graduates (35.4 percent) took 62,966 AP exams while in high school, as well as participation being up by 433 students over the 2015 graduates.