Academic Rigor Benchmark

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Tacoma Public Schools sees the potential in every student and believes all students can be successful. That’s why the district is automatically enrolling qualified high school students into advanced programs or courses beginning the 2014-15 school year.

To help reach the district’s academic excellence strategic goal in which all students will perform at or above grade level, and to comply with a state senate bill, the school board adopted the Academic Acceleration and Rigor Policy in June 2013.

Only the second district in the state to implement auto enrollment into advanced programs ― also referred to as Academic Acceleration ― this will be a big step to further foster a college-going culture and prepare every student for life after high school.

TPS is committed to building equity in all schools. By increasing our cultural awareness of the students we serve, our teachers can effectively implement equity-based and culturally-responsive instructional strategies that help all students succeed.


Time of Year Benchmark is Viewed

What’s Displayed by Benchmark

Between start of new school year, and before end of 1st semester

Only displays previous school years’ annual data

After end of 1st semester, but before end of 2nd semester

Default view displays only 1st semester data for all years (allows a common mid-year timeframe for comparison)

After end of 2nd semester, but before start of new school year

Default view displays annual data for all years.


Benefits for students enrolled in advanced programs

  • More likely to graduate high school and attend college
  • Better prepared for college course work
  • Potential to earn college credit
  • Opportunity to advance further and faster
  • Competitive advantage in college admission and scholarship processes
  • More likely to graduate from college

Source: The College Board


Rosa Fuentes"As a parent, knowing that my children and those of others have the benefit of academic acceleration at their school gives me some peace of mind. It lets me know that the school system is truly working toward the students' academic success. Academic acceleration presents opportunities to all those students to prove how much they can achieve and excel."

Rosa Fuentes

Stand for Children Washington, Tacoma Chapter

TPS high school advanced programs

The following programs offer the opportunity to earn college credit:

Karen Vialle"Academic Acceleration is another way that Tacoma Public Schools are ensuring equity of access to advanced programs for all of our students. By giving rigorous course work to every student, every day, we are establishing a culture of academic excellence for all."

Karen Vialle

Tacoma Public Schools Board

Learn more about Advanced Programs »​​​​

Legacy reports

Our current reports show data from the 2018 school year and beyond using improved reporting tools. Legacy reports show older data using older tools.

 Open View Benchmark

Understanding the data

This benchmark displays the percentage of students by selected grade level taking one or more rigor classes in Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Running Start (RS) or College in the High School (CIHS).

Because a school year includes two calendar years, such as 2014-2015, the school year on the benchmark chart is identified by the second calendar year. For example, the 2014-2015 school year is identified as 2015 on the chart.​​

The data may be viewed by district, region, school, and race. It can be further filtered by gender, English Language Learner status, free and reduced lunch status, and special education status.​

Annual Results

  • 2016: 64.9%
  • 2015: 59.9%
  • 2014: 42.3%
  • 2013: 32.9%


  • Number of students enrolled in a course of rigor divided by the total number of students enrolled in the specified grade level.

Data Retrieval Schedule

Course data is maintained in the student information system and is loaded to the data warehouse nightly.​

Input From

Data Warehouse