DDHS continues to see gains in Advanced Placement program

DELAVAN — The Advanced Placement program at Delavan-Darien High School remains on the upswing, as indicated by student honors and increasing student achievement.

In the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years, five DDHS students qualified for Advanced Placement Scholar Awards.

This past school year, nearly triple the number of students qualified for such a mark of excellence.

Fourteen DDHS students, including nine seniors and five juniors, earned Advanced Placement Scholar Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement on college preparatory tests.

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program, which is offered through 16 classes at DDHS, provides willing and academically-prepared students the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement in college courses, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams.

The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams, which are taken in spring.

Four DDHS Class of 2012 graduates qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of the exams. Those exceptionally high-achievers included Alexandria Avampato, Dylan Jeninga, Olin Nelson and Reed Wuttke.

DDHS graduate Jasmine Banasik and incoming senior Kishan Patel earned AP Scholar with Honor marks for receiving an average score of at least 3.25 on all exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of the exams.

Earning AP Scholar honors for receiving scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams were graduates Jonathan Clark, Anna Gaspar, Michelle Hudy and Ben Samuelson, as well as incoming seniors Samuel Logterman, Hayley Severson, Nicky Sterken and Schuyler Williams.

AP offers more than 30 different college-level courses and exams worldwide.

Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP exams are aligned with the same high standards expected by college faculty at some of the nation’s leading liberal arts and research institutions.

DDHS students fared better than their global counterparts the past two school years. In 2010-11, 65.2 percent of the 104 exams taken by DDHS students scored 3 or above. The global average that year was 60.2.

This past year, the DDHS average dipped slightly to 63.5 percent, but 50 more exams were taken. The global average for 2011-12 was 61.4 percent scoring 3 or above.

This coming school year, there are 253 enrollments in the AP courses being offered at DDHS, Principal Mark Schmitt said.

There is a second section of AP English being offered at DDHS for the first time ever and more students continue enrolling in AP math and science-related courses, Schmitt said.

Also, had AP Psychology been offered this year (it is an every-other-year offering), Schmitt expected to have seen closer to 300 AP enrollments at DDHS.

“Using our AP tests as indicators, we are certainly seeing greater depth of student learning and a greater dedication on the part of our teachers,” Schmitt said. “AP courses require extra planning and extra study sessions with students.

“It’s great to see our AP program continuing to expand as we prepare our students to be 21st Century learners and citizens.”

Like AP students worldwide, AP students at DDHS enter college or the working world more prepared.

More than 3,800 colleges and universities annually receive AP scores. Most four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying exam scores. Students must earn a score of 3 or higher on the maximum 5-point test to be considered for college credit.

Research consistently shows that AP students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams (based on a scale from 1-5, with 5 being the highest) typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher college graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP.

The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board is composed of more than 5,700 schools, colleges, universities and other educational organizations. Each year, the College Board serves 7 million students and their parents, 23,00 high schools, and 3,800 colleges through major programs and services in college readiness, college admission, guidance, assessment, financial aid and enrollment. Among its widely recognized programs are the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT, the Advanced Placement Program, SpringBoard, and ACCUPLACER. The College Board is committed to the principles of excellence and equity, and that commitment is embodied in all of its programs, services, activities and concerns.

DDHS AP Results

Year

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

Total AP Students

54

42

77

66

85

Number of Exams Taken

85

86

120

104

154

AP Students with Scores 3+

33

33

41

43

54

% of Total AP Students with Scores 3+

61.1

78.6

53.2

65.2

63.5

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