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1 Innovative Strategies to Improve AP Student Participation and Performance 2010 College Board Forum Baltimore County Public Schools Dr. Joe A. Hairston, Superintendent October 28, 2010

2 Your AP Questions Please write questions you have relative to this workshop. Place the questions on the Parking Lot Charts on the wall.

3 Objectives To present system and school-based strategies relative to socio-economic, gender, and ethnic factors to improve Advanced Placement (AP) participation and performance. To provide opportunities for participants to share effective AP strategies.

4 About Baltimore County Public Schools... BCPS wraps around but does not include Baltimore City. With almost 800,000 residents, Baltimore County is diverse with residents living in suburban, rural, and urban neighborhoods reflecting the nations blend of cultures and backgrounds.

5 About Baltimore County Public Schools - An Overview 27 th largest school system in the U.S. 103, 832 students 39.3% eligible for free/reduced meals 52.2% minority enrollment 3.5% English Language Learners 173 schools, and programs, and centers

6 About Baltimore County Public Schools-An Overview More than 7,400 graduates 88% of graduates immediately pursue higher education 88.4 million in scholarships reported by 2010 graduates

7 Superintendents Message

8 Blueprint for Progress Performance Goal 1 Improving achievement for all

9 Blueprint for Progress Performance Indicators All high schools will meet or exceed the national average of 7.0% participation rate on the AP examinations. (1.13) All high schools will have at least 70% of their students who take AP exams achieve passing scores. (1.14)

10 Challenges to Access and Rigor Changing demographics Cultural differences Gender issues Varied learning styles and preferences

11 BCPS Systemic Approaches Begin with systemwide standards and high expectations (Blueprint for Progress). Align standards with rigorous curriculum. Develop English and math SAT readiness course Sequence.

12 BCPS Systemic Approaches Eliminate low level courses. Establish partnership with College Board (2000) Use College Board standards to update rigorous curriculum.

13 BCPS Systemic Approaches Align disaggregated data to instructional skills (PSAT/SOAS). Use BCPS Cognos Data Warehouse Collaborate with curriculum and instruction; research, accountability, and assessment; professional development; and AVID/College Board office staffs.

14 BCPS Systemic Approaches Set a minimum number of AP courses each high school is expected to offer. (BCPS standard, 12 AP courses). Identify highly qualified AP teachers. Empower AP school coordinators leadership at school sites.

15 BCPS Systemic Approaches Coordinate annual 5-day College Board AP Summer Institute-Goucher College. Schedule parallel AP courses with gifted and talented (GT) courses.

16 BCPS Systemic Approaches Establish AP review course six weeks before AP exam. Plan AP Summer Bridge Programs. Use AP Potential Roster-early identification.

17 BCPS Systemic Approaches Provide customized support to targeted schools. Facilitate continuous systemic professional development. ( BCPS and College Board Professional Development Calendar)

18 AP Results Multi - year continuous improved AP participation and performance (See Chart.) % participation increase with a total of 9,750 students 4.9 % performance increase with a total of 6, 475 students having AP scores of 3-5.

19 AP Results Average of 17 AP courses at each high school One-third of all high schools offer 20 or more AP courses

20 AP Mathematics Strategies Overlea High School BCPS mathematics curriculum Classroom instructional support

21 AP Mathematics Strategies Overlea High School Progress from standard to AP courses Coordinate Saturday AP instructional support Facilitate AP teacher network groups

22 AP Mathematics Strategies Overlea High School Student Cohort Technology Infusion-Wikis Ed-Line

23 Changing the Culture-One Schools Story Chesapeake High School Shift to student driven course offerings. Eliminate class size as AP enrollment factor. Change from school counselor as AP coordinator to content specific teacher. Adjust limits on AP exam participation to inviting all students who are academically ready to participate.

24 Changing the Culture-One Schools Story Chesapeake High School Set high expectations for teachers. Involve department chairpersons and leadership team members in the planning and delivery of the professional development process.

25 Total Students enrolled in AP Courses Total possible AP Exams Taken Participation Changing the Culture-One Schools Story Chesapeake High School

26 School Year Grades of 3, 4 or Achievement Changing the Culture-One Schools Story Chesapeake High School

27 Total AP Courses Offered Course Offerings Changing the Culture-One Schools Story Chesapeake High School

28 At Chesapeake High School, all really means ALL: ALL students ALL faculty Change is a total school effort. Changing the Culture-One Schools Story Chesapeake High School

29 Pause-Initiating Your AP Plan In the table group, share some AP strategies you learned and/or effective strategies your school or school system uses. (10 minutes)

30 Pause-Initiating Your AP Plan Review sample school and teacher AP Improvement Plans. Agree upon 2 unique and effective AP strategies you shared in your table group. Write the strategies on the AP Improvement Template. One person reports for the table group.

31 Increasing AP Access Strategies Dulaney High School School Goal: Access for all in rigorous courses All students taking one AP by Grade 12 Data shows 30.3% of total school population took one or more AP exams. Only 10.3% African American students took one or more AP exams.

32 Increasing AP Access Strategies Dulaney High School Target Populations African Americans Grade 9 Students

33 Strategies for Creating a Rigorous Learning Environment for All Organize a One Academic Environment for Grade 9 & 10 English and social studies classes. Register students for standard or honors and assign to the same class. Offer AP courses to Grade 9 and 10 students: AP Biology, AP World History, and AP Psychology.

34 One Academic Environment Dulaney High School Promote diversity within each class. Encourage teachers to learn and use differentiated instruction.

35 One Academic Environment Dulaney High School Implementation Locate Grade 9 and 10 content specific classes in a designated hall. Provide a common lunch time for planning. Conference with parents to determine students academic levels.

36 Providing Student Support Write-Accel/Excel Grants. Hire college student tutors. Recruit retired teachers as volunteers. Organize parent committees to support academics.

37 Preparing Grade 8 Students for AP Biology How do students become eligible? Maryland State Assessments Scores and teachers recommendations Interviews with middle school students

38 Preparing Grade 8 Students for AP Biology How are students and families prepared? Schedule a parent informational meeting during Grade 8 students second semester Notify students and parents of acceptance. Begin one week Bridge Course during the summer.

39 Student Success with AP Biology in Grade 9 AP pass rates over 4 years..... Fifty-four students scored 5s Seven students scored 4s

40 Improving AP Success for African American Males-Woodlawn High School Initiate in , Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) African American Male Initiative, Grade 9 class.

41 Improving AP Success for African American Males Implement AVID curriculum. Writing skills Time management skills Organizational skills Study skills Speaking skills

42 Improving AP Success for African American Males Infuse culturally relevant teaching components in the lesson Establishing inclusion Developing a positive attitude Enhancing meaning Engendering competence Ginsberg, M., Wlodkowski, R.J. (2000). A motivational framework for culturally responsive teaching: Creating highly motivational classrooms for all students (Chapter 4). John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

43 Improving AP Success for African American Males Support Systems African American male AVID teacher: academic coach and mentor College tutors College visits Parent meetings Business and community speakers and role models

44 Improving AP Success for African American Males - Data Results

45 GPA2.3 Attendance97.6% AAMI Grade 10 Enrollment23

46 Improving AP Success for African American Males-Data Results Grade 10 Cohort - AP Enrollment5 Grade 10 Cohort - GT Enrollment10 Grade 10 Cohort – Honors Classes17

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48 Questions and Answers How can we help you?

49 References and Resources 12/assessment/ap/build (Building your AP program) 12/assessment/ap/build 12/assessment/ap/equity Ensuring equity access to AP at your school) 12/assessment/ap/equity

50 References and Resources 12/assessment/ap/plan/motivating (How to get students excited about AP courses and exams) 12/assessment/ap/plan/motivating AP Release Exams

51 AP Presenters Please contact us! Janine Holmes, Chesapeake High Nancy Brajevich, Overlea High Kelly Smith, Dulaney High Scott Audlin, Dulaney High James Martin, Woodlawn High Timothy Hayden, Office of School Dr. Jessie Douglas, AVID/College Board


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