Serra High School has been selected as an Equal Opportunity School. We have joined 77 other high schools in the 3rd cohort of the AP/IB Equity & Excellence Project. We have partnered with Equal Opportunity Schools to upgrade learning, close gaps and transform lives.
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Equal Opportunity Schools has selected 78 high schools from across the U.S. to participate in the third year of its AP/IB Equity & Excellence Project, the most rigorous study to date on the impact of Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) on college completion for low-income students and students-of-color.
A 2012 Global Impact Award from Google enabled Equal Opportunity Schools to launch the study two years ago and provide match-funded technical assistance through partnerships with 65 schools across 29 districts. Last year, EOS added another 24 districts and 1 new state, bringing the 2-year Project total to 135 high schools across 53 school districts in 8 states.
These districts are dedicated to enabling greater access to and success in their Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, especially for under-represented student groups. Students will be identified through deep data analysis that draws on teachers’ observations of students as well as other data indicating readiness for greater academic challenges.
The project’s effectiveness is being evaluated by Will Dobbie, assistant professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University and faculty research fellow at the Education Innovation Laboratory at Harvard University and will be the first ever gold-standard, random (school-level) assignment study of the impact of AP and IB on college completion. The study findings and results for students are anticipated to set an effectiveness baseline for the use of data- and leadership-driven approaches to close the achievement gap.
As educational leaders around the country seek cost-efficient ways to improve students’ readiness for college, this project holds special promise. Nine out of ten students already attend high schools that offer advanced learning programs that are doing a good job of preparing some students for college. And when educators find smart ways to build upon what’s already working by enabling further success in these programs, then we can create dramatically better college outcomes for students.
The 78 selected high schools will receive match-funded technical assistance and capacity-building support to fully close AP and IB participation gaps and raise student success. We are glad to have worked with the following county, state, and national network partners to identify and select the strongest school and district candidates for this project.