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Over 140 Wisconsin schools recognized for student performance, participation in Advanced Placement coursework

Friday, August 18, 2023


DPI Media Line, (608) 266-3559
MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction today, in partnership with the Wisconsin Advanced Placement Advisory Council, announced that 142 schools have received recognition for high participation and achievement on Advanced Placement exams.
The 2022 Advanced Placement Pacesetter Awards are unique to Wisconsin and represent a celebration of excellence from students across the state. AP courses provide students with the opportunity for challenging college-level work and potentially earning college credit while in high school. Awards are presented to schools that have high participation in AP courses and have high percentages of students who earn a score of three or higher on the AP exam and are therefore eligible for college credit.
The Pacesetter awards use data from the 2021-22 school year and are broken down into three levels, which are awarded based on the combination of the AP student participation rate as well as the percent of students earning a score of three or higher. Additional information on these criteria can be found on the DPI’s AP webpage.
Of the state’s 421 public school districts, 332 offer AP courses and exams. However, of 1,987 public high schools within these districts, only 410 offer AP courses and exams, signifying patterns of inequity across the state. These inequities include a lack of educational opportunities, inadequate mental health supports and resources, an absence of investment in STEM education, and access to nutritious meals – all which support students’ well-being and academic achievement. Access alone is not sufficient, as there is a need to further support learners and address these inequities to increase the levels of student participation and success in AP courses.
More information on AP in Wisconsin and the AP Pacesetter Awards can be found on the DPI’s website. A full list of 2022 Advanced Placement Pacesetter award recipients, broken down by levels, is available in PDF form.

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