With its refreshed, laser-sharp focus on creating a college-going culture via Operation College Bound, Socorro ISD is seeing significantly more students taking Advanced Placement courses and earning college credit through exams now than what was seen just three years ago.
This year, 1,551 students took an AP exam – an increase of 38 percent over participation in 2013. Team SISD students are also taking more advanced courses; the total amount of exams taken increased 27 percent, from 1,927 in 2013 to 2,444 in 2015.
“This is great news for Team SISD,” said Dr. José Espinoza, superintendent of schools. “We are committed to providing our students with every possible opportunity to prepare for and succeed in college and to have so many students take advantage of this program is outstanding. The fact that they are willing and able to succeed is inspiring and affirmation that we are headed in the right direction.”
In 2015, 532 exams given to SISD high school students were scored high enough to qualify for college credit through the program. That is an increase of 21 percent from 2013.
“These students have a head start on their competition when they graduate,” Espinoza continued. “Not only do they leave us with the preparation and confidence to perform at the next level, they save time and money in converting their dream of graduating from college into reality.”
The district’s push to build the Advanced Placement program is part of Operation College Bound launched by Dr. Espinoza in 2014. The OCB mission is to increase college and career awareness for all Team SISD students and promote a “Yes I Can!” attitude about attending post-secondary institutions.
To increase participation and students’ success, the district is working to identify students who are likely to do well in the AP program. Using research, including PSAT scores which the district pays for, administrators are able to match students with subjects in which they are prepared for and likely to be successful.
“Our students are ready and prepared, it’s now incumbent on us as educators to guide and support them so they graduate ready to beat the odds and WIN,” Dr. Espinoza said.
Author: Socorro ISD