Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Eastvale, California

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Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Eastvale, California

http://parentrevolution.org/our-blog/2015/4/29/way-to-go-wednesday-eleanor-roosevelt-high-school-in-eastvale-california“>Way to Go Wednesday: Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Eastvale, California

In collaboration with Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS), Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Eastvale, California is working to diversify it’s Advanced Placement Program. Advanced Placement (or AP Classes) can have a huge impact on students’ trajectories through college. First and foremost – passing an AP test can actually give students the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school. This means student can reduce the cost of their college education. Further – taking AP tests gives students confidence in their abilities – which can help them overcome challenges while in college. 

Liana Heitin over at http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2014/01/girls_african_americans_and_hi.html” target=”_blank”>EdWeek Reports: 

“The College Board, which oversees AP, notes on its website that in 2013 about http://research.collegeboard.org/programs/ap/data/participation/2013“>30,000 students total took the AP exam for computer science, a course in which students learn to design and create computer programs. Less than 20 percent of those students were female, about 3 percent were African American, and 8 percent were Hispanic (combined totals of Mexican American, Puerto Rican, and other Hispanic).”

So there’s a good amount of work to do – not just in computer science, but in the AP landscape at large. Eleanor Roosevelt High School and EOS are working to fix this problem using data:

“There are about two-thirds of a million missing students per year, who are low income, African American students, Latino students, who could be successful in AP classes, IB classes — the toughest classes in their school, if given that chance,” says Reid Saaris, EOS executive director.

But parents, like Esperza, aren’t always aware of AP opportunities. Teachers don’t think of some kids as “AP material.” And many low-income and minority kids don’t see themselves as AP kids.

”They may take a look in an AP class and say, ‘That doesn’t look like there’s anyone who looks like me in there, I don’t really belong,’” Saaris says.

EOS uses data to help change those perceptions, without trying to point fingers

Read the http://www.marketplace.org/topics/education/learning-curve/how-one-high-school-closing-ap-gap” target=”_blank”>whole piece here and give a giant high five and Way to Go to Eleanor Roosevelt High School for being about positive change! 

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