Hillsboro Schools Superintended Curt Bisarek and Hillsboro High School (HHS) Principal Greg Zimmerman were both notified recently that the Wisconsin Advanced Placement Advisory Council (WAPAC) has recognized HHS as a Level 3 PaceSetter as a result of student participation and scores on advanced placement (AP) exams.
Among the 26 school districts in CESA 4, only La Crosse, Holmen, Onalaska and Hillsboro were awarded this recognition.
Based on the following criteria, HHS received a Level 3 award:
Level 3 % taking exams > 10% and % of scores 3 or above > 60%.
The impetus of this recognition is to recognize access and excellence regarding Advanced Placement. Pacesetter schools have provided impressive student access to AP courses and posted excellent AP exam results.
The Pacesetter Award is unique to Wisconsin and emerged from WAPAC members who felt that many outstanding school districts in the state lacked recognition for AP excellence. In particular, WAPAC was interested in highlighting districts that are seldom recognized for their excellence in AP.
The data for the WAPAC award is available at http://wise.dpi.wi.gov/about-data-ap-exams.
WAPAC’s goal is to focus on increasing participation by recognizing Pacesetters or leaders in AP to encourage other districts to promote both access and excellence.
The Wisconsin Advanced Placement Advisory Council is comprised of Wisconsin secondary and collegiate educators who are dedicated to expanding access to AP coursework and rigorous learning for all college bound students.