Two Southeast Arkansas school districts were among four schools statewide and 367 across the United States and Canada to make the College Board’s AP Honor Roll for significant gains in Advanced Placement access and student performance, according to a College Board news release.

Crossett and Monticello, along with Greenbrier and Bryant, were the only Arkansas school districts making the list. All four increased access to Advanced Placement course work while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams.

Students taking AP classes at Crossett increased from 70 to 107 while the number of student earning scores of three or higher on the AP tests increased to 19 percent.

AP students at Monticello increased from 45 to 63 and those earning scores of three or more increased from 31 percent to 37 percent.

“Participation in college-level AP courses can level the playing field for underserved students, give them the confidence needed to succeed in college, and raise standards and performance in key subjects like science and math,” said College Board President Gaston Caperton. “The AP Honor Roll districts are defying expectations by expanding access while enabling their students to maintain or improve their AP Exam scores.”

Inclusion on the AP Honor Roll is based on the following criteria:
• Examination of three years of AP data, from 2009 to 2011;
• Increase in participation in and 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.