Presentation on theme: "Freedom Intermediate School"— Presentation transcript:
1 Freedom Intermediate School Honors Parent Orientation
2 Honors Program VisionThe vision of the Honors program is to empower students to acquire academic skills necessary for success in Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
3 HOW??? Accelerated Classes Challenging Materials Emphasis on Rigor Higher Order Thinking SkillsCompacting MaterialCoaching Student ResponsibilityAllow/Learn from Failures
4 Honors QualificationMeet qualifying cut scores on Explore Test for your grade level.
5 Explore Test 8th Grade Level Test A predictor of future success on ACT & APPerformance Standards aligned with College Readiness Standards
6 Assessment Swim… Who can swim across the POOL? TCAP Proficient (on target)Who can swim across the POND?TCAP Advanced (above target)Who can swim across the RIVER?EXPLORE/PLAN/ACT (college/AP ready)Who can swim across the OCEAN?AP Exam - College Success!
7 Honors QualificationExplore cut scores : 5th grade 6th gradeLang. Arts*:Reading*:Math:Science:*Social Studies: Qualify in Lang. Arts and ReadingRLA is tested as one class and student must qualify for bothMay qualify in one or more subjects
8 Student Characteristics Demonstrates an ongoing ability to actively participate in class and punctually complete advanced level assignmentsThrives upon learning beyond the basic element of a conceptHas sufficient organizational skill to sustain the rigorous pace of course work
9 32.4 percent of U.S. high school graduates in the class of 2012 took an AP Exam at some point in high school.Among the class of 2012, 19.5 percent of U.S. public high school graduates scored a 3 or higher on an AP Exam during high school.
10 Honors Criteria A student does not need to re-qualify each year Once a participant - always participant if:Maintain a “C” in all Honors Classes, and…Continue quality work ethicParents will be asked to sign a commitment form each yearMust re-qualify if a student drops HonorsSee complete Honors Guidelines on school website
11 New In 2013-14 Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Tncore.org Full Implementation in MathPartial Implementation in English/Language ArtsTncore.org
12 Literacy for social studies, math, and science We will begin state-wide implementation of 3-8 math standards this coming school yearGrades K-2Math and ELAGrades 3-8Math (partial)Math andELA (partial)Grades 9-12Grades 6-12Literacy for social studies, math, and science
13 TCAPWe will remove 15-25% of SPIs that are not reflected inCommon Core State Standards from the TCAP NEXT year.The specific list of SPI’s will be shared on May 1.We will narrow the focus of the TCAP and expand use of Constructed Response AssessmentsConstructed ResponseWe will expand the constructed response assessment for all grades 3-8, focused on the TNCore focus standards for math.PARCCNAEPNAEP
14 Tennessee’s Competitiveness Our transition to Common Core Standards is central to strengthening Tennessee’s competitivenessTennessee’s CompetitivenessOnly 21% of adults in TN have a college degreeTN ranks 46th in 4th grade math and 41st in 4th grade reading nationally54% of new jobs will require post-secondary educationOnly 15% of high school seniors in TN are college readySource: “Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018” (The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce), 2011 NCES NAEP data, ACT
15 The Common Core State Standards represent six key instructional shifts ELA:Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction and informational textsReading and writing grounded in evidence from textRegular practice with complex text and its academic vocabularyMATH:Focus strongly where the Standards focusCoherence: think across grades, and link to major topics within gradesRigor: require conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application with intensity.(SAY) The Common Core transition requires six instructional shifts, three in English/Language Arts and three in mathematics.The focus standards in each subject area are shown here, and we would like to direct you to information about the instructional shifts in your packet. In ELA, we will shift toward more non-fiction and informational texts, to reading and writing grounded in evidence from the text, and to regular practice with complex text and academic vocabulary. In math, the three shifts are: focus, coherence, and rigor.Though the focus of our training is 3-8 math, as this is the portion of the standards we will be adopting this school year, we believe that it is important for you all as school leaders to be well versed in the instructional shifts overall. The shifts in each area demand changes across the curriculum, and part of this transition will be working on specific pieces of implementation (like the focus standards we are implementing this year), while maintaining a concept of the larger direction and intent of common core. These six instructional shifts are positioned at the center of our implementation of common core.
16 What does this mean for my student? High standards in ALL classes for ALL studentsStudents expected to perform at higher levels of THINKINGStudents will be expected to reason, explain, and give evidenceHow we assist students as they struggle will be different
20 Candidate for 7th Grade Foreign Language 5th Grade Honors RLA6th Grade Honors RLA7th Grade Honors RLACandidate for 7th Grade Foreign Language8th Grade Honors RLA
21 Honors is NOT….. …a program for giftedness …for those who do not want to make a B…easy…a social club…a group of students that are “smarter” than everyone else…a requirement for those who qualify…an automatic course placement (i.e. 7th grade Algebra)
22 Honors is…..An excellent opportunity for students to be challenged and pushed to reach full potential for growth in future AP success.
23 Freedom Intermediate School Please be sure to submit your signed Honors Parent Commitment Form.Questions…????