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Katy ISD’s tradition of increasing student participation and strong performance on Advanced Placement (AP) exams continues as the district recently learned that each one of its six high school campuses showed an increase in the number of students participating in the exams. In addition, every high school campus exceeded the state and national percentage of AP students making a qualifying score of 3 or better on the exams.

Katy ISD is among the 388 U.S. public school districts (one of only 23 in Texas) to be listed on the 2011 College Board AP Achievement List.  This list identifies districts that simultaneously achieved increases in access to AP courses while maintaining or improving the rate of students earning a score of 3 or better on the exams – the score that generally qualifies a student for college credit.  In May 2011, more than 3,000 Katy ISD students took more than 7,200 AP exams, with 79 percent of the exams earning a score of 3 or better.  This reflects a 24 percent increase from 2010 in the number of exams earning these high scores.

“Katy ISD values student participation in advanced academic coursework and commends students who choose to challenge themselves academically,” says Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey.  “Studies have shown that the students participating in AP courses in high school are more likely to complete a bachelor’s degree with higher GPAs.”

Advanced Placement and PreAP courses are designed to challenge students beyond grade level academic courses and prepare them for success in future advanced coursework.  Katy ISD recognizes that support and encouragement from the campus, the teacher, and parents are critical to student success.  Therefore, the district follows an inclusive enrollment model for AP and PreAP courses that provides support systems for student success.

Katy ISD offers AP courses in English, mathematics, science, social studies, fine arts, computer science and languages other than English. For more information about AP or PreAP, visit www.katyisd.org/gt.

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