Presentation on theme: "2010 College Board Forum Baltimore County Public Schools"— Presentation transcript:
1 Innovative Strategies to Improve AP Student Participation and Performance 2010 College Board ForumBaltimore County Public SchoolsDr. Joe A. Hairston, SuperintendentOctober 28, 2010
2 Your AP Questions Please write questions you have relative to this workshop.Place the questions on the Parking LotCharts on the wall.
3 ObjectivesTo 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 nation’s blend of cultures and backgrounds.
5 About Baltimore County Public Schools - An Overview 27th largest school system in the U.S.103, 832 students39.3% eligible for free/reduced meals52.2% minority enrollment3.5% English Language Learners173 schools, and programs, and centers
6 About Baltimore County Public Schools-An Overview More than 7,400 graduates88% of graduates immediately pursuehigher education88.4 million in scholarships reported by 2010 graduates
8 Blueprint for Progress Performance Goal 1Improving achievement for all
9 Blueprint for Progress Performance IndicatorsAll 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 demographicsCultural differencesGender issuesVaried 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 WarehouseCollaborate 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 ResultsMulti - year continuous improved AP participation and performance (See Chart.)8.1% participation increase with a total of 9,750 students4.9 % 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 curriculumClassroom instructional support
21 AP Mathematics Strategies Overlea High School Progress from standard to AP coursesCoordinate Saturday AP instructional supportFacilitate AP teacher network groups
22 AP Mathematics Strategies Overlea High School Student CohortTechnology Infusion-WikisEd-Line
23 Changing the Culture-One School’s 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 School’s 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 Changing the Culture-One School’s Story Chesapeake High SchoolParticipationTotal Students enrolled in AP Courses2084151184232Total possible AP Exams Taken44123240292415
26 Changing the Culture-One School’s Story Chesapeake High School AchievementSchool YearGrades of 3, 4 or 51082542
27 Total AP Courses Offered Changing the Culture-One School’s Story Chesapeake High SchoolCourse OfferingsTotal AP Courses Offered69131619
28 Changing the Culture-One School’s Story Chesapeake High School At Chesapeake High School, all really means ALL:ALL studentsALL facultyChange is a total school effort.
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 APImprovement 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 coursesAll students taking one AP by Grade 12Data 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 PopulationsAfrican AmericansGrade 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 ImplementationLocate 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’ recommendationsInterviews 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 semesterNotify 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 yearsFifty-four students scored 5’sSeven students scored 4’s
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 skillsTime management skillsOrganizational skillsStudy skillsSpeaking skills
42 Improving AP Success for African American Males Infuse “culturally relevant teaching” components in the lessonEstablishing inclusionDeveloping a positive attitudeEnhancing meaningEngendering competenceGinsberg, 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 SystemsAfrican American male AVID teacher: academic coach and mentorCollege tutorsCollege visitsParent meetingsBusiness and community speakers and role models
44 Improving AP Success for African American Males - Data Results
45 Improving AP Success for African American Males-Data Results GPAAttendance %AAMI Grade 10 Enrollment 23
46 Improving AP Success for African American Males-Data Results Grade 10 Cohort - AP Enrollment 5Grade 10 Cohort - GT Enrollment 10Grade 10 Cohort – Honors Classes 17
49 References and Resources (Building your AP program)Ensuring equity access to AP at your school)
50 References and Resources (How to get students excited about AP courses and exams)AP Release Exams
51 AP Presenters Please contact us! Janine Holmes, Chesapeake High SchoolNancy Brajevich, Overlea High SchoolKelly Smith, Dulaney High SchoolScott Audlin, Dulaney High SchoolJames Martin, Woodlawn High SchoolTimothy Hayden, Office of School CounselingDr. Jessie Douglas, AVID/College Board office