BOUNTIFUL—Parents are always proud when their children make the honor roll in school – but the district itself is also celebrating success. Davis School District has been named to the AP Honor Roll for the seventh year in a row – ever since it was created – making it the only district in Utah to achieve that status.
“I’m so pleased that your district is one I get to serve,” said Nancy Potter, College Board Director of State and District Partnerships who visited last week’s school board meeting from Seattle to congratulate the district. “We put learning first and want all children to choose this opportunity. It’s the 60th year that AP (Advanced Placement) has been in existence. It is the single happiest story of the century. We discovered it is really good for students.”
Research shows that not only are AP students more likely to graduate from college within four years, they tend to do better, Potter said.
“People think of it as a way to save on money,” she said. “But those who earn a 3, 4 or 5 (score) are better suited to be in a college class, even if they get a lower score.”
However, there is a substantial savings as well. “In Davis the potential savings for kids in your district is almost $3 million,” she said. “AP provides a variety of awards. In 2016, more than 3,000 students in the Davis District took some 5,700 exams.”
To be considered for the honor roll, Davis School District had to continue on an upward pace. “We look at three years of performance, participation and sustaining or increasing AP exams,” said Potter. “Out of school districts across the U.S. and Canada, Davis is the only one in Utah that has been on it all seven years. That is a phenomenal performance to help kids in achievement.”
Potter said almost 39 percent of graduating students in Davis took the AP exam and about 30 percent got a 3, 4 or 5 score. “To see students performing at such a high level is phenomenal,” she said. “You are doing amazingly wonderful things for these kids.”
In addition to the AP recognition, officials from aerospace and defense acquisition and technology company KIHOMAC presented a check for $25,000 to the Davis Education Foundation. The donation will go to providing hands-on robotic experiences to enhance student learning as they prepare for the future and expand the walls of elementary schools.
The board also honored Jay Welk who was inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame for his success in athletics.
“What a great night for Davis School District,” said Superintendent Reid Newey.