LEAD HIGHER MISSION STATEMENT

To enable secondary schools to fully reflect their diversity at the highest academic

levels; and to elevate our national conversation about low-income students and

students of color beyond achieving proficiency to academic excellence. 

 

See how International Baccalaureate, equal opportunity schools, and college board are committing to the lead higher initiative.

 

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LEAD HIGHER  CHALLENGE

About 650,000 low-income students and students of color per year are not represented in the AP/IB course-taking population, but should be. Currently, less than 1% of diverse schools nationwide have significant AP/IB programs in which the AP/IB students reflect the diversity of the overall school population.

School level decisions drive the Race and Income AP/IB Access Gaps; and would be nearly closed nationally if within-school gaps were closed.

The Lead Higher Initiative rises to these challenges by:

  • Adding 100,000 low-income and students of color per year to AP and IB courses by 2018.
  • Enabling more than 600 schools to fully reflect their population's diversity in AP and IB courses over the next three years.
  • Elevating the national conversation about academic possibilities for low-income students and students of color far beyond the last decade's focus on proficiency, and synchronous achievement gap at advanced levels.




LEAD HIGHER COMMITMENT

 

We, the participants in the “Lead Higher” collaborative, hereby commit –


To dedicate substantial effort to ensuring that America’s diversity is fully reflected at the highest academic levels in our K-12 schools.

  • Given America’s commitment to equal educational opportunities as a foundation for social justice and economic vitality;

  • Given the need to elevate the national conversation about what’s academically possible for low-income students and students of color far beyond the recent decade's focus on proficiency, and given that the achievement gap at advanced levels has expanded significantly in the past decade's.

  • Given today’s opportunity to announce the largest commitment ever to equity at the highest academic levels, and the first major collaboration by providers of advanced coursework.

To serve an additional 100,000 low-income students and students of color in AP and IB courses over the next three years.

  • Given that about 650,000 more low-income students and students of color per year should be represented in the AP/IB course-taking population, but are not.

To increase by more than 600 the number of schools that fully reflect their school population’s diversity in AP and IB courses over the next three years.

  • Given that the race and income AP/IB access gaps are driven at the school level and would be nearly closed nationally if within-school gaps were closed;

  • Given that currently, fewer than 1% of diverse schools nationwide have significant AP/IB programs in which the AP/IB students reflect the diversity of the overall school population; and

  • Given multiple examples that schools can close these gaps in a single year while boosting AP/IB exam passage.

To collaborate with one another to find innovative ways to achieve equity in advanced high school courses, connecting:

  • The deep data and school coaching experience of Equal Opportunity Schools;

  • The proven experience of College Board, a membership organization, in helping to prepare and propel all students toward college success;

  • Given multiple examples that schools can close these gaps in a single year while boosting AP/IB exam passage;

  • The essential support and perspective of our many foundation, non-profit, and business partners.

To report results using a set of shared metrics that promote collaboration, common understanding, and cross-organizational progress, with an intention of announcing these metrics and baselines by September 2015.

Pledged this 28th day of April 2015, in Washington, D.C.

 
 
 

LEAD HIGHER PARTNERS

Lead Higher is a partnership between the International Baccalaureate, College Board, and led by Equal Opportunity Schools.