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Advanced Academic Services Advanced Placement Vertical Teams Curriculum Manual: English Language ArtsAustin Independent School District
Who can take Pre-AP and AP Courses? All studentsin all Austin ISD middle and high schools have access to and are eligible to enroll in Pre-AP and AP courses. Austin ISD supports The College Boards Equity and Access Policy Statement. The College Board’s Equity and Access Policy Statement“The College Board strongly encourages educators to make equitable access a guiding principle for their AP programs by giving all willing and academically prepared students the opportunity to participate in AP. We encourage educators to: Eliminate barriers that restrict access to AP for students from ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic groups that have been traditionally underserved. Make every effort to ensure their AP classes reflect the diversity of their student population. Provide all students with access to academically challenging coursework beforethey enroll in AP classes. Only through a commitment to equitable preparation and access can true equity and excellence be achieved.”
Pre-AP Belief Statements What is Pre-AP? Pre-AP is a suite of K-12 professional development resources and services. Pre-AP courses provide students with strategies and tools they need to engage in active, high-level learning to develop the skills, habits of mind, and concepts necessary to succeed in advanced placement courses and achieve college readiness. In Austin ISD, we believe:All students can perform at rigorous academic levels. This expectation should be reflected in curriculum and instruction throughout the school so that all students are consistently being challenged to expand their knowledge and skills. All students should be encouraged to accept the challenge of a rigorous academic curriculum through enrollment in advanced level and AP courses. We can prepare every student for higher intellectual engagement by starting the development of skills and acquisition of knowledge as early as possible. The middle and high school years provide a powerful opportunity to help all students acquire the knowledge, concepts, and skills needed to engage in higher levels of learning. It is important to have recognized standards for college-preparatory and college-level academic work. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board College and Career Readiness Standards are integrated into the state Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The College Board has curricular requirements that must be met before an AP course is authorized. While every student is different and every teacher has unique strengths and a unique style, common expectations in terms of topics, concepts, and skills benefit all students.

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