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Description of SpringBoard
The College Board’s newest program, SpringBoard, is a web-supported program to help meet the challenge of providing rigor in mathematics and English Language Arts to all students in grades 6-12. SpringBoard provides students and teachers with organized and well-planned strategies and content-based structure that motivates students and engages them in learning. The heart of SpringBoard is the College Board Standards for College Success, which detail, by grade level, the performance expectations that students need to meet to be ready for college level work by the completion of the 12th grade. Model instructional units and online diagnostic assessments help teachers monitor student academic progress and adjust their instruction to meet student individual academic needs/development to lead student to academic achievement. Diagnostic assessment reports provide online information about student and class progress.
SpringBoard is intended to be a supplement to a district’s existing curriculum. Teachers and students engage in rigorous content-based instruction and self-monitor their engagement with learning through online diagnostic assessments and self-reflection exercises. The diagnostic assessments provide students and teachers for rationale of each item response. Teacher and student self-reflections enhance content understanding. Actual student exemplars provide examples of authentic student work.
During the six days of training, teachers learn how to use the major tools of the program as part of their daily classroom instruction: model instructional units and related resources; diagnostic assessments; linking guides, state and textbook correlations, dialectical journals, and self-reflection exercises. Teachers model group instructional practices to become comfortable with using SpringBoard with different student learning groups. Teachers will develop implementation plans for using the strategies, motivation tools, content, and group instruction in their classrooms during this professional development. Teachers are assigned College Board mentors who follow-up during the school year to provide support, answer questions, and provide model lessons in the classroom. Trainers and mentors are master teachers experienced in teaching content and strategies, as well as implementing SpringBoard.
SpringBoard Impact on underserved students
SpringBoard is designed for ALL students. The goal of SpringBoard is to o increase the number and broaden the diversity of students prepared to succeed in college by: