Schools work to close achievement gap in AP courses

At Thursday’s Calvert County Board of Education meeting, Director of Secondary School Improvement Susan Johnson told board members that Calvert County Public Schools has been working for the past 10 years to increase the number of students of color and of lower socio-economic status enrolled in AP courses.

This year, however, with the help of Equal Opportunity Schools, the school system took a different approach to increasing those numbers…Johnson said school officials focused on students’ “growth mindset, grit, community leadership, academic self, academic strategies, purpose of learning and focus,” for this year’s approach.

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Recap: Springfield School District 186 Board Meeting

At the May 7, 2018 board meeting, Ms. Kia Franklin, Director of Partnership Success, Equal Opportunity Schools, shared with the board information regarding district/EOS partnership goals and how the partnership aligns to the District Improvement Plan. She shared additional information on:

  • what students would like their teachers and schools to know about them
  • district trends related to Advanced Placement enrollments
  • how the work to build AP enrollments has been supported
  • changes to the course offerings
  • accomplishments for each high school

Superintendent Gill provided information regarding support received from local community organizations and the State to ensure any student that wanted to take an AP test(s) would be able to do so.

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First-time AP students tell D204 school board they relished the challenge

The push was part of an Equal Opportunity Schools program Indian Prairie adopted to help close achievement gaps and ensure students of color and those from low-income households aren’t missing the opportunity to access academically intense high school programs, like AP classes.

Tracey Conrad of EOS said her agency works to ensure every student who wants to go to college or a post-secondary endeavor takes at least one AP class during their high school years. “We believe, and research will back us up, the number one predictor of college success is having a rigorous high school experience,” Conrad said.

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By what means could we reduce access gaps in education?

“Are there low-income students and students of color “missing” from your IB programme? What could you and other students do to understand and close these gaps in access, so that students of every background have an equal opportunity to succeed at the highest levels? Feel free to reach out to us at Equal Opportunity Schools with your ideas!

For students in the United States, the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education has data on your school and others, showing participation rates, disaggregated by race. Ask your IB coordinator about participation in the IB by low-income students, Black, and Latino/a students. How does it compare to participation by other groups? Why do you think this is? And what could you do about it?” – Reid Saaris, Interlake High School, USA (CEO and founder of Equal Opportunity Schools).

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