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    School Board Approves Partnership to Create More Equitable Access to High School AP/IB Classes
    Posted on 12/10/2020

    School Board Approves Partnership to Create More Equitable Access to High School AP/IB Classes

    At the December 2 Regular Board Meeting, the Seattle School Board approved a contract with Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS) to create more equitable access to advanced learning opportunities.

    The partnership directly supports the district's strategic plan Seattle Excellence. By identifying, engaging, and enrolling more students of color in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and other advanced courses, the partnership helps center the brilliance and excellence of students furthest from educational justice.

    EOS is a non-profit organization that partners with school districts across the nation to help increase access to AP/IB courses. Over the last eight years, EOS has partnered with over 640 schools in 31 districts. On average, EOS schools have seen a 30% increase in students of color furthest from educational justice taking and passing college credit courses after the first year of partnership.

    In addition to improving equitable access to advanced courses, the partnership supports SPS’ commitments to ensuring ninth grade students are on track for on-time graduation and students graduate ready for college and career.

    EOS helps track essential and impactful data about each student, including identifying a student’s trusted adult within a school building. Data for each student also includes career and course interests, barriers, mindsets, as well as teacher recommendations.

    By providing specific and actionable information, staff can better engage students and provide academic supports. The Office of African American Male Achievement, in partnership with College and Career Readiness, Advanced Learning, and Directors of Schools, are excited to be working with EOS and school leaders to implement this program over the next few months.

    Watch this video to learn more about the EOS partnership.