NEW YORK — The College Board today announced that 14 schools located in Colorado, Florida, New Mexico and Washington were chosen as SpringBoard® National Demonstration Schools for the 2011-13 school years. These schools will serve as model sites of future SpringBoard implementations throughout the country.
To become a National Demonstration School, these distinguished schools have met criteria based on the implementation of SpringBoard for at least two years with ongoing professional development. In addition, their teachers established a professional learning community within the school so — in collaboration with their peers — they learn from their collective classroom experiences and share teaching best practices. The winning schools each received a $10,000 credit for professional development services; registration and recognition at College Board events; a customized school banner and plaque; inclusion in SpringBoard research and reports; and future opportunities to pilot new SpringBoard-related programs.
"SpringBoard implementation provides rigorous learning opportunities with structured classroom curriculum that engages and empowers both educators and students," said Pamela L. Nelson, vice president and general manager of SpringBoard at the College Board. "These exemplary schools have been recognized and honored because they provide collaborative educational environments in which measurable excellence is consistently achieved."
SpringBoard is the foundational instructional component of the College Board’s College Readiness System™ and is used in over 1,000 schools across the nation, by more than one million students. The College Board developed SpringBoard as a college readiness program for all students in grades 6–12 in English Language Arts and Mathematics, based on the rigorous College Board Standards for College Success™. Written by teachers for teachers, SpringBoard is a research-based program that is well aligned to the Common Core State Standards and was recently highly recommended by Phi Delta Kappa International (PDK) as a program of exceptional quality. The 14 National Demonstration Schools exemplify many of the powerful practices deemed to be necessary for a successful implementation as noted by PDK.
The National Demonstration Schools completed rigorous self-assessments and produced videos of SpringBoard in action featuring student, teacher and administrator interviews underscoring the benefits and successes achieved. Additional evaluation criteria included walk-through visits, portfolio reviews and rigorous interviews. These inaugural National Demonstration Schools met standards of meritorious practice that were recognized by the site selection team:
- Longs Peak Middle School — St. Vrain Valley School District
- Pine Ridge Middle School —Collier County Public Schools
- Strawberry Crest High School — Hillsborough County Public Schools
- Martinez Middle School — Hillsborough County Public Schools
- Mater Academy Charter Middle/High School — Miami-Dade County Public Schools
- Boynton Beach High School — School District of Palm Beach
- Santaluces Community High School — School District of Palm Beach
- Cleveland Middle School — Albuquerque Public Schools
- Chinook Middle School — Bellevue School District
- Highland Middle School — Bellevue School District
- Odle Middle School — Bellevue School District
- International Middle School — Bellevue School District
- Tillicum Middle School — Bellevue School District
- Tyee Middle School — Bellevue School District
*Note: As more than 50 percent of the schools in the Bellevue School District met the evaluation criteria, Bellevue, Wash., is recognized as a National Demonstration District.
For more information about SpringBoard, visit www.collegeboard.org/springboard.
The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of more than 5,900 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program®. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools. For further information, visit www.collegeboard.org.
Stephanie Coggin, The College Board, 212-713-8052,