2Expanding ACCESS to AP Inside & Outside the School Walls Spain Park High SchoolHoover, AlabamaPresenters:Amanda Hood, Academic Assistant PrincipalHoward Furnas, AP CoordinatorAmy C. Fineburg, Social Studies Department Chair
3Presentation Overview Spain Park’s school profileHistory & highlights of Spain Park’s Minority Achievement CouncilsPSAT & AP Potential as tools to increase minority participation in AP & college readinessAlabama’s ACCESS program as a tool to increase AP participation state-wide
4Spain Park High School Mission Statement The future belongs to the educated, and Spain Park High School exists to promote and prepare students for excellence while empowering our young adults to live and thrive in that future.
5School Profile Fully accredited, 4-year public suburban high school Open since 2001 (First graduating class – 2004)2008 Enrollment: 13782008 Professional Staff: 136Master’s degree or higher: 69%Five + years experience: 76%National Board Certified teachers: 12AP Courses Offered: 18Dual enrollment Courses Offered: 10Pre-AP/Honors Courses Offered: 12
6School Profile Spain Park employs an innovative combination schedule Allows for embedded staff developmentAllows for one “block” extended period per class per weekKeeps the consistency of a traditional 7-period dayProvides for two embedded opportunities for student remediation, enrichment, and extracurricular activities
8School Profile AO meets 4 days a week 30 minutes on Monday, Tuesday, & Friday20 minutes on ThursdaysACT prep exercises occur the 1st Thursday of each month.Students are assigned to a teacher whom they follow throughout high school.Teachers conference with students every 4 ½ weeks.Students who need extra help or to make up work get an AO pass.Students obtain the pass before school.Teachers have 10 passes each.Students show their AO teacher the destination pass so we can keep track of where students are.
9Sample JAG Period Activities College readiness & leadership activitiesCollege & career fairsLeadership seminarsReduced loss of class time for activitiesSchool pictures, class rings, graduation activitiesMotivational speakersSchool involvement with clubsAdditional exam prep last JAG period of each semester
10Minority Achievement Councils Amy C. Fineburg, co-sponsor
11History of MACs Established in 2006-2007 school year Faculty noticed significant achievement gaps between majority and minority studentsExample: 2005 – 13.2% gap between white and black students on graduation exam test scores (a measure of AYP)Faculty identified black males as the most at-risk groupOnly 1 senior black male in the Class of 2006 had a GPA above 3.0.39 black males in the 2006 senior class.
12History of MACsFaculty identified 6 senior black males to lead the “charter class” of MAC Scholars.These 6 males had GPAs above 2.3.Spain Park’s MAC program is modeled after Shaker Heights, Ohio.Students set goals and plan activities.Faculty act as advisors and facilitators.MAC Scholars are upper-level students who serve as leaders & mentors.MAC Potentials are lower-level students in need of mentoring.
13History of MACsCharter MAC Scholars identified areas of critical need:Emphasis on college readinessEmphasis on character developmentActivities planned includedCollege visitsDress-up TuesdaysGuest speakersPeer-to-peer mentoring
14History of MACsInterviews for future MAC Scholars and Potentials take place in the spring.2.3 GPA to qualifyCompleted applicationMandatory interview with senior Scholars and faculty sponsorsGroups are now established forBlack females – GMAC (Girls’ Minority Achievement Council)Hispanic students (Mun2 – Mundos, meaning “world”)
15Using Data to Measure Success The following slides are our efforts to keep track of student progress and identify areas of need.Examining population-to-subgroup dataIdentifying students capable of taking higher-level coursesIdentifying students in need of more intensive academic support.
21Using Data to Measure Success Black MalesBlack FemalesHispanicsAP/Pre-AP/Dual Courses Taken156026# of Students Taking Courses113416# of Courses Per Student22.214.171.124Average Course Grade74.683.983.5% of Population Taking Courses11%57.6%52%% of Population in Lower-Level Math Courses44%25%16%
22AP Potential: A Powerful Tool Howard Furnas, AP Coordinator
23Research on APUS Department of Education study shows the best predictor of college success is participation in rigorous, college level courses while in high school.Our district offers three types of rigorous courses: AP, Dual Enrollment (with a local community college), and Pre-AP.IB courses are housed at our sister high school.Students completing an AP course and exam are more likely to complete a BA degree in four years or less.
24Relationship of Academics to Athletics Team GPAs: 3.4AP students:60% Athletes123 of 204 AP students are athletesSpanish Honor Society: 51% AthletesNational Honor Society: 44% AthletesMu Alpha Theta: 47% AthletesDivision I Athletes: 44
25Funding for PSAT Testing All 10th and 11th graders are tested during the school day.Hoover City School District pays for the test.We have received a grant from the Alabama State Department of Education for all or part of the cost from 2007 and 2008.Results provide information for AP Potential.
26AP Potential A web based tool using PSAT scores Generates rosters of students likely to score 3 or better on an AP ExamHelps identify minority students who may not have considered AP classes
27How we use AP PotentialAccess website https://appotential.collegeboard.comSelect the grade levels tested (10th and 11th)Consider the validity of the standard pool suggested (we may raise Chemistry, for example to 60%)Select subjects for which data will be relevantGenerate lists of students who may qualify
28How we use AP PotentialDistribute lists to AP teachers to generate letters sent either to the parents of the students or the students themselvesSample letter is on AP Potential website.Have counselors, AO teachers, and AP teachers follow up with students, emphasizing minority and traditionally underserved groups who may never have considered the possibility of taking an AP course
29How we use AP PotentialDuring registration, counselors meet individually with all students to develop academic plan.Special efforts are made to assure minority students that they are capable of college level work.AO teachers meet with students every 4 to 5 weeks concerning grades and concerns students may have with their grades, developing a plan for improvement.
30How we use AP PotentialStudents have the option of help during four AO periods of week.Library is open before school for access to computers.Most AP teachers offer additional study sessions before or after school as the Exam approaches.Practice exams are available on line from AP and also from the Florida Virtual School https://aptestreview.flvs.net/FLVSAPReview/.
37Possible Changes forOpen SPHS Library additional hours, particularly after schoolLibrary has 60 computer stations for research and Internet access, possibly important for minority or low income students who may not have access otherwiseHire teachers as coaches to help provide students with academic assistance.Give minority students in AP/Pre-AP/Dual classes extra support during JAG Period.
38ACCESS Distance Learning Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators, and Students StatewideACCESS Distance LearningAmanda Hood, Academic Assistant Principal
39What is ACCESS?A statewide distance learning initiative that provides high schools with basic courses, advanced-level courses, and electives that might not otherwise be available.
40ACCESS Objectives Provide access to advanced diploma courses Provide access to additional course offeringsProvide access to AP or dual-enrollment coursesProvide access to remediation and supplemental resourcesLeverage existing resources and distance learning offeringsProvide teachers with additional multimedia and technology tools to enhance instruction
43Spain Park Statistics10 courses being offered via ACCESS to 18 students8 schools served via ACCESS9 minority students are currently being served through ACCESS6 Spain Park teachers are teaching courses via ACCESSSpain Park teachers are serving 98 students at 25 different schools throughout Alabama
44Benefits Meets scheduling challenges Student motivation and confidence Opportunity for teachers and studentsSchool equityIndividualization
45Challenges IVC Schedules Student preparation for online coursework No replacement for classroom instructionScheduling and supervision