Campbellsville Independent Schools has been named to an honor roll for improving its academic performance and expanding is AP course offerings.
CIS is one of eight Kentucky public school districts recently named to the Advanced Placement Honor Roll.
College Board, a nonprofit organization geared toward expanding access to higher education, announced the news on Thursday, Dec. 15.
CIS and the other seven districts honored are among 433 public and private districts in the United States and Canada that have shown a commitment to expanding access to AP coursework while also improving student performance.
In addition to CIS, districts honored include Boyd, Daviess, Livingston, Muhlenberg and Pulaski counties and Dawson Springs and Fort Thomas independents.
To be named to the AP honor roll, districts similar in size to CIS must increase participation and/or access to AP classes by at least 11 percent, increase or maintain the percentage of AP exams taken by minority students and see an increase in student AP exam scores.
Data analyzed came from AP course enrollments and test scores from 2014 to 2016.
“Congratulations to all the teachers and administrators in this district who have worked so tirelessly to both expand access to AP and also to help students succeed on the AP Exams,” said Trevor Packer, the College Board’s head of AP and Instruction.
“These teachers and administrators are delivering real opportunity in their schools and classrooms, and students are rising to the challenge.”
CHS formed a partnership with AdvanceKentucky in the 2015-2016 school year to expand its lineup of Advanced Placement course offerings.
And, as a result, students who take the courses and then pass subsequent exams will receive cash rewards for doing so.
CHS is the only school in Taylor County to have such a partnership with AdvanceKentucky.
As a result of this partnership, many more AP courses were made available to students for the current school year.
Courses include computer science, biology, English, U.S. history and much more.
At CHS, about 100 of the nearly 300 students are enrolled in at least one AP course.
CHS Principal Kirby Smith said the partnership with Advance Kentucky has been very successful.
“We partnered with Advance Kentucky so students can take challenging courses that will help them excel in their studies and explore their academic interests,” he said. “We are very appreciative and humbled by being named to College Board’s honor roll.”
Campbellsville Independent Schools Instructional Supervisor Kent Settle said the additional AP course offerings set CHS apart from high schools in the area.
“Our partnership with Advance Kentucky has helped ensure that our students are prepared when they leave our hallways and start college courses,” he said. “CHS students enjoy being challenged, and they continue to rise to the occasion.”
CIS Superintendent Mike Deaton said working with AdvanceKentucky has helped the school – which became a School of Distinction based on last year’s state test scores – further strengthen its educational offerings.
“AdvanceKentucky has helped CHS move to the next level,” he said.
“We are very appreciative of this honor from the College Board. It tells us we are moving in the right direction, and we will continue to challenge all of our students to enroll in our AP courses.”
Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education.
Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement program.