2012-13 Prep/Prep+ Academic Acceleration Program

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Kenton County School District

2012-13 Prep/Prep+ Academic Acceleration Program

 

Beginning in the 2012-13 school year, the Kenton County School District will implement the Prep and Prep+ Academic Acceleration Program.  Prep and Prep+ is a student selected program based on required criteria for identification that will provide a rigorous and challenging curriculum in Language Arts and Math for students in grades 5 and above.  The Program is intentionally outlined course by course to provide students an accelerated content learning experience.  The program is designed so students will be placed into AP (Advanced Placement) or dual credit courses at the high school level with the goal for the student to receive college/university credit before graduating from high school.

 

The Kenton County School District wants to insure our identified high achieving students are receiving a well designed, rigorous curriculum based on the Kentucky Core Academic Standards.  The focus is on Language Arts and Math at this time.  The curriculum will provide student opportunities to think critically, problem solve and take ownership of their learning.


  

 
February 2012
 
Kenton County School District
Prep and Prep+ Academic Program
 
Questions and Answers
 
What is the Prep and Prep+ Academic Program?
Prep and Prep+ is a student selected program based on required criteria for identification that will provide a rigorous and challenging curriculum in Language Arts and Math for students in grades 5 and above. It is intentionally outlined course by course to provide students an accelerated content program. The program is designed so students will be placed into AP (Advanced Placement) or dual credit courses at the high school level with the goal for the student to receive college/university credit before graduating from high school.
 
Why does Kenton County School District want to implement this accelerated Math and Language Arts program?
The Kenton County School District wants to insure our identified high achieving students are receiving a well designed, rigorous curriculum based on the Kentucky Core Academic Standards. The focus is on Language Arts and Math at this time. The curriculum will provide student opportunities to think critically, problem solve and take ownership of their learning.
 
When will the Program services begin?
The Prep and Prep+ Program will begin implementation in the 2012-2013 school year. Schools will be reviewing winter and spring MAP Assessments and KDE norm referenced assessments to determine which students will meet the criteria to be placed in the program.
 
Can you explain the MAP Assessment used as criteria for identification in the program?
MAP is the acronym for Measure of Academic Progress. MAP measures a student's progress or growth in school. MAP assessment in the areas of reading, language and math will be used to determine student identification in the Prep and Prep+ Program.
 
The criteria for admission include MAP RIT Scores. What do RIT scores mean?
The scale used to measure a student’s progress is called the RIT scale (Rasch unIT) named after the individual who formulated the process. The RIT scale is an equal-interval scale much like feet and inches on a yardstick. It is used to chart a student’s academic growth from year to year.
 
How was the 75% for Prep and the 97% for Prep+ determined as criteria for identification?
Student success on the MAP assessment from the 2011-12 school year was reviewed and analyzed. 

It was determined that 75% would be a minimum requirement for identification to ensure academic success of students in this accelerated program. Students in the range of 75% to 96% benefit from being exposed to an advanced and challenging curriculum.
Students in the range of 97% to 99% have scored exceptionally high on the MAP assessment. This accelerated group will be working on challenging curriculum above grade level at an extremely accelerated pace. Prep+ identification will include a highly select number of students with extremely high ability in the content area as evidenced by test scores and gifted identification in the area of General Intellectual Ability.  
 
Why are KDE norm referenced testing criteria used in the identification of students for Prep or Prep+ courses?
We know it is important to review other assessment measures of student success beyond MAP to receive a complete overview of the student‘s academic ability within the content area.   KDE (Kentucky Department of Education) requires all of our students in grades three through eight to be tested in math and reading during the Spring Kentucky Core Academic Test Window. KDE required assessments include ITBS in 2009-10 and 2010--11, Stanford 10 in 2011-12, 8th grade EXPLORE, 10th grade PLAN, and 11th grade ACT. An equivalent norm referenced test on record for the student may be used as criteria. No exceptions will be made to the minimum required testing criteria on the KDE norm referenced assessment for entrance into the Prep or Prep+ Program Course.
 
What if an identified student’s RIT Score drops below the 75% for Prep courses or 97% for Prep+ courses?
Once the student has been identified for the Prep or Prep+ Program, a MAP score falling below 75% will not eliminate the student from the program while a student is in their current elementary, middle or high school. If a student can keep the pace of the accelerated curriculum and continues to be successful in the class, he/she will remain in the program.  It is important to note during transition points (when a student is moving from fifth grade elemtary school to sixth grade middle school and from eighth grade middle school to ninth grade high school for ELA courses and from fifth grade elementary to sixth grade middle school and from 7th grade to the high school Algebra 1 course) he/she must meet the Prep and Prep+ criteria to continue in accelerated courses.
 
What if a student does not make the 75% required MAP RIT score but would like to be indentified in the Program?
The program entrance is based on the required assessment criteria. If a student does not make the Prep Program with the minimum requirement, the student can work with his/her counselor to request an individual opportunity to retake the MAP assessment once each school year in an effort to meet the minimum 75% score. Parents are reported their student’s RIT score after the fall, winter, and spring assessment is completed. The minimum required RIT score for students at each grade level is located on the Math and ELA Acceleration Plan.

No exceptions will be made to the minimum required testing criteria on the MAP assessment for entrance into the Prep or Prep+ Program Course.
 
Can a student ever move from Prep to Prep+ courses?
If a student meets the highly rigorous criteria for Prep+, the student will be able to accelerate. The school will conference with the student/parent to assure a successful transition.
 
Can a student ever move from Prep+ courses to Prep courses?
If a student believes his/her high level of acceleration in the Prep+ Program is a determent to his/her academic success, the student/parent can request a conference to evaluate the concerns and establish the best placement for the student.
 
Can a student ever skip a course outlined in the Prep or Prep+ course outline?
If assessment scores show the increase to move a student from Prep to Prep+, a conference will take place with the student/parent to set up the acceleration option in the best interest of the student. A plan will be developed to assure the student is introduced to and masters necessary content that may be skipped in the acceleration move. The counselor will be responsible for setting up the conference with the student/parent, teacher and administrative person. In math Prep and Prep+, it is important to note that once students enter high school level courses beginning with Algebra 1, the pathway for courses is credit based. Eligibility for a course is NOT based on grade level, but rather on the successful completion of the prerequisite courses.
Can a middle school student receive high school credit?
A student in accelerated Algebra 1 or Accelerated Geometry as a middle school student will receive high school credit if he/she maintains of final grade of C or better.
 
How will students be serviced in the Prep Program?
Students who are identified for the Prep Program will be in scheduled together in an accelerated class. At the elementary level, students may work as a cluster group within their classroom. At the middle and high school level, students will be scheduled in an accelerated advanced class limited only to students that meet the Prep Program criteria. (Refer to the Math and ELA Program Acceleration Plan.)
 
How will students be serviced in the Prep+ Program?
Math - At the elementary 5th grade level, or the middle school 8th grade level, students identified in Prep+ will be transported by Kenton County School buses to the feeder middle or high school to participate in their math content accelerated course with other accelerated students at the middle or high school. Students in the middle school 6th or 7th grade level will remain at their middle school and be content accelerated to the appropriate course with accelerated students at the next grade level. (Refer to the Math Acceleration Plan)


ELA – Prep+ students will remain in an accelerated Prep Program class at their grade level. ELA content acceleration for Prep+ students will be delivered by cluster grouping or independent study designed with increased complexity to meet their learning needs. (Refer to the ELA Acceleration Plan.)
 
What if my student meets the criteria for Prep or Prep+ but does not want to accelerate at the pace documented in the Acceleration Plan?
In Kenton County, we believe academic student success is based on a curriculum in line with a student’s ability and achievement. We will always encourage our students to be challenged by a rigorous curriculum with high content standards. The student/parent can conference with the counselor regarding this issue.
 
What is the SpringBoard Curriculum?
SpringBoard is the Kenton County School District math and language arts curriculum for grades six through ten in math and grade six through twelve in ELA selected to provide a challenging curriculum to all of our students. SpringBoard is the College Board’s official Pre-AP program developed to provide a roadmap for attaining the knowledge and skills students require for success in Advanced Placement courses and in college-level work.
 
Can you explain Dual Credit for high school students?
 A Dual Credit course is a college or university credited course taught to a student on the high school campus or at a college/university campus. The student will be enrolled in the college or university and will receive both high school credit and college credit upon successful completion of the course. The course can be taught by a college/university approved high school teacher who meets the college/university requirements or a professor on the college/university campus.
 
Who should we contact at the school level to answer any of our questions regarding Prep and Prep+?
Your school counselors will be the persons reviewing the final criteria for student placement and scheduling the classes. They will be the first contact if you have any questions. All administrative staff and teachers will have knowledge of the program and can answer questions you may have regarding Prep and Prep+.
 
What should we do if a student or parent/ guardian has concerns about student placement and/or progress?
Students and/or parents/guardians can request a conference to evaluate student course progress as necessary. Please contact your student’s counselor so the counselor, teacher and an administrative staff person can be present for the conference.


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