Freedom Intermediate School Honors Parent Orientation
Honors Program Vision • The vision of the Honors program is to empowerstudents to acquire academic skills necessary for success in AdvancedPlacement (AP) courses.
HOW??? • Accelerated Classes • Challenging Materials • Emphasis on Rigor • Higher Order Thinking Skills • Compacting Material • Coaching Student Responsibility • Allow/Learn from Failures
Honors Qualification • Meet qualifying cut scores on Explore Test for your grade level.
Explore Test • 8th Grade Level Test • A predictor of future success on ACT & AP • Performance Standards aligned with College Readiness Standards www.act.org/standard/index.html
Assessment Swim… • Who can swim across the POOL? • TCAP Proficient (on target) • Who can swim across the POND? • TCAP Advanced (above target) • Who can swim across the RIVER? • EXPLORE/PLAN/ACT (college/AP ready) • Who can swim across the OCEAN? • AP Exam - College Success!
Honors Qualification • Explore cut scores 2013-14: 5th grade 6th grade Lang. Arts*: 15 16 Reading*: 16 17 Math: 16 17 Science: 17 18 *Social Studies: Qualify in Lang. Arts and Reading • RLA is tested as one class and student must qualify for both • May qualify in one or more subjects
Student Characteristics • Demonstrates an ongoing ability to actively participate in class and punctually complete advanced level assignments • Thrives upon learning beyond the basic element of a concept • Has sufficient organizational skill to sustain the rigorous pace of course work
www.collegeboard.org • 32.4 percent of U.S. high school graduates in the class of 2012 took an AP Exam at some point in high school. • Among the class of 2012, 19.5 percent of U.S. public high school graduates scored a 3 or higher on an AP Exam during high school.
Honors Criteria • A student does not need to re-qualify each year • Once a participant - always participant if: • Maintain a “C” in all Honors Classes, and… • Continue quality work ethic • Parents will be asked to sign a commitment form each year • Must re-qualify if a student drops Honors • See complete Honors Guidelines on school website
New In 2013-14 • Common Core State Standards (CCSS) • Full Implementation in Math • Partial Implementation in English/Language Arts • Tncore.org
We will begin state-wide implementation of 3-8 math standards this coming school year
TCAP We will remove 15-25% of SPIs that are not reflected in Common Core State Standards from the TCAP NEXT year. The specific list of SPI’s will be shared on May 1. We will narrow the focus of the TCAP and expand use of Constructed Response Assessments Constructed Response We will expand the constructed response assessment for all grades 3-8, focused on the TNCore focus standards for math. 2013-2014 2011-2012 2012-2013 2014-2015 PARCC NAEP NAEP
Our transition to Common Core Standards is central to strengthening Tennessee’s competitiveness Only 21% of adults in TN have a college degree Tennessee’s Competitiveness TN ranks 46th in 4th grade math and 41st in 4th grade reading nationally 54% of new jobs will require post-secondary education Only 15% of high school seniors in TN are college ready Source: “Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018” (The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce), 2011 NCES NAEP data, ACT
The Common Core State Standards represent six key instructional shifts ELA: • Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction and informational texts • Reading and writing grounded in evidencefrom text • Regular practice with complex text and its academic vocabulary MATH: • Focus strongly where the Standards focus • Coherence: think across grades, and link to major topics within grades • Rigor: require conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application with intensity.
What does this mean for my student? • High standards in ALL classes for ALL students • Students expected to perform at higher levels of THINKING • Students will be expected to reason, explain, and give evidence • How we assist students as they struggle will be different
Honors is NOT….. • …a program for giftedness • …for those who do not want to make a B • …easy • …a social club • …a group of students that are “smarter” than everyone else • …a requirement for those who qualify • …an automatic course placement (i.e. 7th grade Algebra)
Honors is….. • An excellent opportunity for students to be challenged and pushed to reach full potential for growth in future AP success.
Please be sure to submit your signed Honors Parent Commitment Form. Freedom Intermediate School Questions…????