New York — The College Board has named five schools in Florida, Pennsylvania and Washington as SpringBoard® Demonstration School Finalists, in recognition of increased student achievement as well as outstanding instructional leadership and shared best practices by their teachers during the implementation of SpringBoard over the last three years.
SpringBoard was developed by the College Board as a college readiness program in English Language Arts and Mathematics for students in grades six through 12. SpringBoard provides culturally and personally relevant activities designed to engage students in problem solving and critical analysis — creating a pre-Advanced Placement® program that increases participation and prepares a greater diversity of students for success in AP® and college. Designed to align with the Common Core State Standards, SpringBoard provides teachers with a rigorous curriculum and highly informative student assessments.
The five SpringBoard National Demonstration School Finalists have implemented SpringBoard for a minimum of two years with ongoing professional development and improved student achievement. Their teachers have established a professional learning community within the school, so they and their peers can learn from collective classroom practices and share best practices. These finalists have completed a self-assessment aligned to school-level best practices for implementation of the SpringBoard program. In addition, each school produced a brief video of SpringBoard in action, which features student, teacher and administrator interviews that highlight the benefits and successes achieved during the 2009-12 school years.
“SpringBoard engages and empowers both students and educators,” said Pamela L. Nelson, vice president and general manager of SpringBoard at the College Board. “These five outstanding schools have shown that by aiming higher, rigor can be achieved by all students.”
This year’s SpringBoard National Demonstration School Finalists are:
Gig Harbor High School – Peninsula School District
Peninsula High School – Peninsula School District
Bloomingdale High School – Hillsborough County Public Schools
Quakertown High School — Quakertown Community School District
Strayer Middle School — Quakertown Community School District
“(Springboard) has provided us with a framework which ensures that all of our students are provided with a rich and rigorous curriculum. The strategies are consistent across the grade levels and are useful for the complex reading, writing and thinking needed for college and career,” said Anita Serge, Principal of Quakertown High School, in Pennsylvania. “We have seen incredible gains in our Pennsylvania System of School Assessment scores in addition to our AP scores. Additionally, while SAT scores are declining on a national level, our scores continue to increase. It must be noted that this is all occurring with a population where 23% of our students our economically disadvantaged.”
The SpringBoard National Demonstration School winners will be announced in June 2012.
SpringBoard® is the College Board’s clearly articulated, proven model of rigorous instruction for English Language Arts and Mathematics for all students in grades 6–12. Written and field tested by teachers who understand the challenges of today’s classroom, SpringBoard is a research-based program comprised of rigorous curriculum, assessments, professional development and coaching services. SpringBoard is based on the Common Core State Standards and is highly recommended by Phi Delta Kappa International (PDK) as a program of exceptional quality. For more information about SpringBoard visit www.collegeboard.org/springboard.
About the College Board
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 over 6,000 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.
Deborah Davis The College Board 212-713-8052 email@example.com