Board Approves Name Change for Pre-AP Courses

Board Approves Name Change for Pre-AP Courses
Posted on 10/29/2020
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The Clear Creek ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved the name change of Pre-AP courses to Honors courses for intermediate and high school beginning Fall 2021.

“The most important thing that we want our parents and students to know is that this change only impacts the name of the courses and will not impact the curriculum or expectations CCISD has established for student learning and instruction,” said Director of Advanced Academics and GT Programming Glenda Holder. “College Board announced that if school districts continue to use their term ‘Pre-AP’ for courses we would have to follow several new requirements that we feel do not align with our mission as a school district.”

One of those main requirements would be that CCISD would have to follow the curriculum set forth by College Board or vet curriculum through their process for Pre-AP courses, which offers little to no flexibility for personalization. The District currently develops its own curriculum for 106 Pre-AP courses offered to students in 6th through 12th grade.

“We have piloted and worked through their program with our Advanced Academics students in previous years and have found it to not be as deep and robust as our current curriculum we have,” said Holder. “So, that was our number one concern, that we would end up being pushed into a curriculum that did not match our beliefs and where we feel our students are academically.”

The other three requirements would be increased testing on top of local and state assessments, rules for certain grade-level designations and a fee of about $3,000 per course, per school. This would be an estimated charge of nearly $300,000 annually for CCISD.

“We reached out to our District Education Improvement Committee, which is made up of parents, staff and community members, to generate a list of name ideas and gather information on theses changes over the last year,” said Holder. “We then met with our parent advocacy group, CASE for Gifted Children, to get feedback from them as well to be sure we had the support of all stakeholders.”

CCISD is in alignment with most other districts in the Houston area who have decided to move away from College Board’s Pre-AP designation. This change will not have any impact on AP courses offered to high school students through College Board.

Parents are invited to join the CCISD GT Facebook group and visit www.ccisd.net/giftedandtalented for more information. The District will also be live at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4, on Facebook to talk more in-depth on the gifted and talented program in CCISD.

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