To earn a spot on the honor roll, school districts must:
- Increase student access to AP courses
- The percentage of African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native students taking the courses must not decrease more than 5 percent for large and medium districts and 10 percent for small districts
- Performance levels must have been maintained or increased when comparing the percentage of students who scored a 3 or higher from 2010 to 2012
A total of 539 school districts in the U.S. and Canada and 26 districts in Connecticut earned spots on the list.