District 201 has been recognized as the national leader among medium-sized school districts by the College Board of Advanced Placement (AP). The district was named ‘District of the Year’ by the Board on March 17.
There are currently 21,000 high schools across the nation who participate in the AP program. Of theses schools, Morton was one of 425 school districts that achieved placement on the annual AP District Honor Roll.
The AP program is designed to to increase access to AP course work for students while simultaneously increasing the percentages of students earning scores of 3 or higher out of 5 points. Morton has been able to achieve this outcome, with 33 percent of all AP students scoring a 3 or higher in 2015. Morton has also increased student participation in the program by 19 percent annually since 2013. Underrepresented minority AP students at Morton have been able to increase their AP Exam scores by 9 percent annually, or 266 students since 2013.
“This award shows that the teachers and administrators at Morton are challenging students to achieve at the highest levels,” said Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President of AP and instruction at the College Board. Morton Board of Education President, Jeff Pesek, also spoke about the hard work and dedication their teachers and students put in towards achieving this honor.