Monday, Dec. 17, 10:30 a.m. at Grove Patterson Elementary School
Monday, Dec. 17, 1 p.m. at the Springfield High School Media Center
Public Agenda, a national education research and public engagement organization, recently released a report Failure is Not an Option looking at nine high-performing public schools in Ohio. The report demonstrates that Ohio public schools are capable of gaining excellent results even though high percentages of their student bodies come from poverty. The study looked at three elementary schools, three middle/junior high schools, and three high schools. The schools were identified by the Ohio Department of Education as among the highest performing high needs schools in the state in terms of student outcomes. Each school had a student poverty level above 50 percent. The study was sponsored by the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio State University, and the Ohio Business Roundtable, and paid for using Race to the Top assessment funds.
The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies — with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both — while still in high school. Through AP courses in 34 subjects, each culminating in a rigorous exam, students learn to think critically, construct solid arguments and see many sides of an issue — skills that prepare them for college and beyond. Taking AP courses demonstrates to college admission officers that students have sought the most rigorous curriculum available to them, and research indicates that students who score a 3 or higher on an AP Exam typically experience greater academic success in college and are more likely to earn a college degree than non-AP students.