KATY (Covering Katy News) – Katy Independent School District is now known as the number one school district in the nation when it comes to expanding access to, and increasing performance in, Advanced Placement courses.
Katy ISD was named the College Board Advanced Placement Large District of the Year on Thursday. Elected officials, students, teachers, district administration, and the College Board leadership, were all on hand to celebrate this outstanding achievement at a student assembly held at Morton Ranch High School.
“During the year in which we are celebrating our 100-year anniversary, I’m proud to say that what we have achieved here today is evidence of a century of learning that is built upon in every classroom, every day,” said Superintendent Ken Gregorski. “Day in and day out, our teachers and staff are helping inquisitive minds expand their knowledge and skills in preparation for post-secondary education, careers and beyond,” added Gregorski.
“Katy ISD leads the nation in expanding access to AP while helping more AP students earn scores that translate into college savings,” said Trevor Packer, College Board’s Senior Vice President for AP & Instruction. “Administrators and teachers throughout Katy’s schools – not just the many superb AP teachers – are doing tremendous work to prepare a wide range of students for AP classes,” added Packer.
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In order to receive this recognition, the College Board requires a district of Katy ISD’s size to increase student participation in AP courses by four percent over a three-year period. From 2017 to 2018 alone, the number of Katy ISD students participating in AP courses increased by 25 percent, and the number of exams administered increased by 20 percent. As far as performance, 77.4 percent of AP exams taken by Katy ISD students scored a three or better.
Participating in AP course work can lead to college savings for many families. The typical student who scores a three or higher on two AP exams has the potential to save, on average, $1,779 at a public four-year college and over $6,000 at a private institution.
“I knew Katy ISD had good schools but I didn’t know that they had this level of excellence, so it’s really cool to be a part of it,” Cinco Ranch High School Junior Katherine Ospina told Covering Katy News.
“AP exams are really difficult and it’s really great that we excel and we are being recognized,” said Cinco Ranch High School Junior Caren Koh.
In addition to today’s event, Katy ISD will be honored in Orlando, FL during the 2019 AP Annual Conference in July 2019.