The College Board announces that two Irving ISD schools–Lady Bird Johnson Middle School and the Secondary Reassignment Center–have been named SpringBoard®National Demonstration Schoolsfor academic years 2013-2015. They are two of 18 schools nationwide to receive the recognition which is based on the outstanding practices of teachers and administrators during the implementation of SpringBoard. The schools will serve as model sites for future SpringBoard implementations.

SpringBoard is the College Board’s college readiness program in English Language Arts and Mathematics for students in grades six through 12. A pre-Advanced Placement® program, SpringBoard aims to increase participation and prepare a greater diversity of students for success in AP® and college by providing culturally and personally relevant activities designed to engage students in problem solving and critical analysis. The program is used in more than 1,500 schools and serves more than 1.7 million students across the U.S.

“We are so excited to have been using the Springboard framework on our campus,” Johnson Middle School principal Carrie Daniels said in a news release. “The lessons are rigorous and relevant at the same time … just what our students need to keep them focused. We are very pleased with the results we see in increased student engagement and academic success.”

This school year, SpringBoard will release its 2014 Texas Edition in Mathematics. The program implemented these revisions to help with the transition into the state’s new standards ― Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for mathematics.

In addition to this recognition, the schools will receive additional professional development; recognition at College Board events; a customized school banner and plaque; and opportunities to preview new SpringBoard-related products and services.

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