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1 Honors Courses in Milwaukee Public Schools

2 National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Secondary School courses Classification System: School Codes for the Exchange of Data (SCED) framework Commonly referred to as the “national courses codes”

3 SCED Course Level conveys the level of rigor. There are four options for SCED course level: B for basic or remedial G for general or regular E for enriched or advanced (“a course that augments the content and/or rigor of a general course, but does not carry an honors designation”) H for honors

4 SCED Framework Guidance on Honors Level : The honors designation shall be applied to “an advanced level course designed for students who have earned honors status according to educational requirements. These courses typically include additional content not found in general courses, and are formally designated as honors courses.”

5 SCED Framework Guidance: The honors designation shall be applied to “an advanced level course designed for students who have earned honors status according to educational requirements. These courses typically include additional content not found in general courses, and are formally designated as honors courses.”

6 SCED Framework Guidance: The honors designation shall be applied to “an advanced level course designed for students who have earned honors status according to educational requirements. These courses typically include additional content not found in general courses, and are formally designated as honors courses.”

7 SCED Framework Guidance: The honors designation shall be applied to “an advanced level course designed for students who have earned honors status according to educational requirements. These courses typically include additional content not found in general courses, and are formally designated as honors courses.”

8 SCED Framework Guidance: The honors designation shall be applied to “an advanced level course designed for students who have earned honors status according to educational requirements. These courses typically include additional content not found in general courses, and are formally designated as honors courses.”

9 SCED Framework Guidance: The honors designation shall be applied to “an advanced level course designed for students who have earned honors status according to educational requirements. These courses typically include additional content not found in general courses, and are formally designated as honors courses.”

10 SCED Framework Guidance: The honors designation shall be applied to “an advanced level course designed for students who have earned honors status according to educational requirements. These courses typically include additional content not found in general courses, and are formally designated as honors courses.”

11 SCED Framework Guidance: The honors designation shall be applied to “an advanced level course designed for students who have earned honors status according to educational requirements. These courses typically include additional content not found in general courses, and are formally designated as honors courses.”

12 MPS Honors Courses: Earning Honors Status MUST use data to inform decision

13 MPS Honors Courses: Advanced Level Course If the only difference is the students in the class, it’s not an honors section Understanding by Design (“Backward Design”)

14 MPS Honors Courses: Earning Honors Status According to Educational Requirements High standardized test scores (80% using national or district norm) Grades Peaks in achievement in prior years Parent/family selection Self-selection

15 MPS Honors Courses: Earning Honors Status According to Educational Requirements High standardized test scores (80% using national or district norm) Grades Peaks in achievement in prior years Parent/family selection Self-selection Cues from gifted education—multiple measures, unbiased tools

16 MPS Honors Courses: Additional Content The course must resemble the standard-level course, but must include additional content as well as substantive opportunities for enrichment, acceleration, and self-directed study. The course must use the same textbook as the standard-level course, as well as additional articles, books and monographs.

17 Advanced level course Use of data to identify students for honors courses Use multiple measures Measures shall not be biased along racial, cultural, language lines Additional content Formal designation Review: Honors “Do’s”

18 Review: Honors “Dont’s”

19 NEW MPS PROTOCOLS for honors courses

20 In Milwaukee Public Schools, the establishment of standardized practices for the delivery of honors courses is a part of district-wide work to raise student achievement through recentralization of the curriculum. As of September, 2011, schools wishing to offer honors courses will adhere to the following protocols:

21 Courses on this list are the only honors courses offered in MPS high schools. Honors courses must use only the course codes from the list below. A special letter or number at the end of the course code will no longer be used in eSIS to designate a course or a section of a course as honors.

22 Any school planning to offer honors courses must appoint a member of the school community to serve as a liason for the honors program. Honors program liasons will attend required quarterly meetings, which will be held on weekday afternoons, after school hours.

23 Appointment of the honors liason will occur BEFORE the school offers any honors course, and the honors liason will attend at least one meeting PRIOR to the commencement of any honors course at the school. A list of meeting dates through the end of 2012 is available at rs/html. rs/html

24 Schools offering honors courses will also commit to participation in school-based professional development, to be delivered by the honors liason and/or the district honors program coordinator. The honors professional development plan will be crafted to meet the needs of the school by the principal, honors liason, and district honors program coordinator.

25 Each teacher planning to teach honors must submit for approval the syllabus for the course/s before commencement of the school year (by August 20). Further details on this process, titled the MPS Honors Course Audit, are available at ors.html. ors.html 1909 Senior English Syllabus Mt. Vernon Seminary, Washington, DC

26 Review of New MPS Honors Protocols: Honors Liason School-based PD Honors Course Audit

27 For more information, contact: Shahanna McKinney-Baldon, M.Ed. (414)


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