Today the Colorado Legacy Foundation (CLF) convened school administrators and counselors from the first cohort of Colorado Legacy Schools to provide an overview of the program and learn about the best practices, tools, and resources that will make their participation in the program successful. The Colorado Legacy Schools Initiative is a local replication of the National Math and Science Advanced Placement (AP) program, which has a highly-successful track record of increasing college readiness in program schools. Three Colorado high schools piloted the program during the 2011-2012 school year, with a focus on dramatically improving the number and diversity of students who enroll in AP coursework and receive qualifying scores on their exams.
“This program is a proven strategy in closing the achievement gap and building cultures of academic excellence,” said Dr. Helayne Jones, President and CEO of the Colorado Legacy Foundation. “Our first cohort of Colorado Legacy Schools is creating this culture in their own schools, and we are thrilled to provide targeted resources to support to them in this important work.”
Administrators and counselors from ten Colorado high schools gathered to hear from the Colorado Legacy Foundation, the College Board, and National Math and Science to gain helpful information about how to pave the way for sustainable AP growth and success. Counselors were trained on policies to promote open enrollment and recruitment into their schools’ AP programs, and principals and grant administrators were briefed on best practices to support and expand the program in their schools.
“The three schools that implemented this program last year achieved fantastic results, accounting for 19 percent of the entire state’s increase in passing AP scores in math, science, and English – an unparalleled achievement,” said Gregg Fleisher, National Math and Science’s Senior Vice President. “We are pleased to be able to use the Investing in Innovation (i3) grant that we were awarded from the U.S. Department of Education to partner with the Colorado Legacy Foundation through the Colorado Legacy Schools Initiative to expand this nationally recognized program throughout Colorado.”
By providing specialized AP teacher training and greater access to college-level AP courses for students, the National Math and Science AP program gives more high school students the opportunity to earn college credit and significantly increase their chances of succeeding in college. Research indicates students who succeed in an AP course are more likely to complete a college degree than students who did not take an AP course.
The Colorado Legacy Schools Initiative will expand to 10 additional high schools during the 2013-2014 school year, and another 10 in the 2014-2015 school year.