Wayzata is a premier suburb located 11 miles west of downtown Minneapolis. With a population of 4,500 people, Wayzata is a tight-knit community which is known for its vibrant downtown and picturesque setting on Lake Minnetonka. A popular destination for visitors, Wayzata’s downtown is home to a number of specialty shops, boutiques, professional services, and restaurants.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Wayzata Public Schools named a 2nd Annual AP Honor Roll District

Wayzata Public Schools is one of 367 districts in the nation, and one of 11 districts in Minnesota being honored by the College Board with a place on the second annual AP Honor Roll, for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of three or higher on AP exams.

Achieving both of these goals is the ideal scenario for a district’s Advanced Placement program because it indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically-prepared students who are likely to benefit most from AP coursework. Since 2009, Wayzata Public Schools increased the number of students participating in AP exams from 683 to 775 while maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of three or higher at 86 percent. The majority of U.S. Colleges and universities grant college credit or advanced placement for a score of three or above on AP exams.

Inclusion on the second annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the following criteria:
  • Examination of three years of AP data, from 2009 to 2011;
  • Increase in participation in/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts and at least 11 percent in small districts;
  • A steady or increasing percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native students; and
  • Performance levels maintained or improved when comparing the percentage of students in 2011 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2009, or the school has already attained a performance level in which more than 70 percent of the AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.

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