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Student Achievement

Programs and Resources to Increase Student Achievement

The College Board provides a variety of rigorous and robust programs and resources to help districts and their schools increase student achievement. As a partner to the districts in the state of California, we work with the district leadership to increase college and career readiness. Furthermore, we engage with districts to increase the percentage of students graduating high school with a score of 3 or higher on AP Exams, which achieves the following goals:

Increase College and Career Readiness

Increase number of students who are college and career ready through the following College Board programs:

  • SpringBoard : Aligned to California Common Core State Standards and other Board of Education evaluation criteria, SpringBoard is the College Board’s college and career readiness program for all students in grades 6–12. Its flexible framework integrates rigorous instruction, performance-based assessment, and exemplary professional development.
  • Advanced Placement Program ® (AP) : With more than 30 college-level courses, AP enables academically prepared and motivated students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school — and gives them the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both.

Increase Performance on Standardized Assessment

Improve performance on standardized assessments through the implementation and administration of the following:

  • PSAT/NSMQT : The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a proven first step to college and career opportunity for all students. By measuring critical reading, mathematics, and writing skills, the PSAT/NMSQT provides valuable college readiness feedback and tools, including AP Potential™, which help schools, districts, and states promote improved student outcomes at every level.
  • Online Student Score Reports : The Summary of Answers and Skills (SOAS) report allows you to take a closer, detailed look at your students' academic skills by providing a snapshot of student performance on each PSAT/NMSQT test question. Presented online, the report may be downloaded and easily shared with school administrators and faculty beginning in January.
  • SAT School Day : The SAT School Day helps districts reaffirm their commitment to increase access and equity in education. The College Board offers districts and states an opportunity to fund their students to take the SAT during a school day at their hometown high schools. The SAT showcases your district’s college and career readiness and provides a path to opportunities, financial support, and scholarships, in a way that's fair to all students.

Increase Scores of 3 or Higher on AP Exams

Increase the number of students with a score of 3 or higher on AP Exams through the following College Board programs:

  • AP Potential : A free, Web-based tool that helps educators increase access to AP by using PSAT/NMSQT score data to identify students with the potential to succeed in AP.
  • AP Insight – Biology : AP Insight is an always on Web-based program focused on concepts and skills that are challenging to teach and learn and critical to students' college readiness and success. AP Insight embeds best practices for raising student achievement into time-saving tools and resources to help teachers monitor and support every student in a class.
  • AP Instructional Planning Reports : A tool comparing students' performance on the multiple-choice and free-response sections and on specific topics in each AP Exam to the performance of all students, helping teachers target areas for increased attention and focus in the curriculum. Two versions of the AP Instructional Planning Report are available, one at the school level and one with data aggregated across a district.