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COLLEGE READINESS

How to improve rural student access
to Advanced Placement
Requiring high schools to offer at least
one AP course would help increase rural
student access to rigorous pre-college
work, according to a recent report.
Although the AP participation rate
in rural communities has steadily increased over the past 15 years, it still
lags behind participation in suburban
and urban districts, according to the report, "Advanced Placement Access and
Success: How Do Rural Schools Stack
Up?" from the Education Commission
of the States and the College Board.
State policies make a difference, the
report states. It points to three states-
Arkansas, Indiana and South Carolina-that mandate public schools offer
at least one AP course.
The percentage of Arkansas high
school graduates who have taken an AP
exam is nearly 50 percent, says Kimberly Friedman, a spokesperson for the
Arkansas Department of Education.

And the state's students saved over $11
million in college tuition costs in 2015
alone because of the AP program, according to the College Board.
Here are three steps to AP success,
according to the report:
1. States can fund programs to increase AP access. Some states provide
support for developing and delivering
virtual AP courses. And the states offering such courses should ensure students
have the required technology access-
an infrastructure issue that particularly
challenges rural areas.
2. Improve teacher training and PD
so rural schools can develop local AP
teacher leaders. The College Board runs
a 30-hour training course to prep teachers to deliver the courses. Arkansas offers AP Summer Institutes for training
teachers statewide, which is contracted
through the College Board.
3. Improve accountability incen-

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By Angela Pascopella

tives. In Arkansas, the state pays for
students to take the end-of-course AP
exam (which costs more than $100 per
student) and provides each school with
$50 in incentive funds for each test
score of 3 or higher. Schools must use
the funds to support their AP programs,
such as for teacher training.
Report: DAmag.me/ruralschool
Angela Pascopella is managing editor.

MOVERS AND SHAKERS
Principal Jose
Martinez has
made participating
in band and drama
free for students
at Colonial High
School in Florida's
Orange County
Public Schools.
Martinez accomplished this by
earmarking dollars within his sitebased budget so students no longer
have to pay fees for instruments,
uniforms, costumes, set design,
competitions and travel. Martinez
says he hopes to extend the savings
to students in other after-school
programs, such as dance.

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Superintendent Gregory Ewing of
Las Cruces Public Schools in New
Mexico is taking on an additional
role: teaching a fall semester class
in bilingual education at Doña Ana
Community College, also in New
Mexico. Ewing says he will donate
his $891 salary from teaching to his
district's student advising program.
Ewing previously taught at Kennesaw
State University
in Georgia while
working as chief
accountability
and research
officer for the
Cobb County
School District.

Brad Currie,
assistant principal
of Black River
Middle School
in New Jersey's
Chester School
District, has
been named 2017
National Assistant Principal of the
Year by the National Association
of Secondary School Principals.
Currie co-founded and co-moderates
#Satchat, a weekly Twitter
discussion that links more than 200
school leaders across the globe to
discuss bullying, teacher recruitment
and social media.

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