Some Statitics to Encourage You

By Maria J. Treviño

Your best source for information on the Texas Middle School Program is the website dedicated to this program.  Please visit the site to obtain valuable information http://www.teamiddleschoolspanish.org/summary.html. Below are some statistics to encourage you to move forward with this program in your school.

The passing score for a student to receive college credit is a 3, 4 or 5.  This score is different from the final grade the student receives in the course.  The graph below shows the percentage of middle school students who passed the AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam over a six-year period.  A total of 4,709 students took the exam with an average of 88% scoring a 3, 4 or 5 on the exam.  This is quite impressive for middle school students.  It would interesting to compare these scores with your district high school AP Spanish scores.

The Summary of Success Report developed after the grant ended showed that taking the AP course in middle school promoted additional AP studies in High School.  At least 51% of students who participated in the middle school AP Program enrolled in at least one AP course in high school compared to only 13% non-participating peers.

(Source: Texas Education Agency Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS)).

In addition, district staff indicated in program evaluations that “participating students demonstrated:

• increased confidence in themselves and in their academic abilities;

• improved skills and knowledge that transfer to other test-taking experiences, including the state

testing program;

• increased enrollment in AP courses in high school; and

• enhanced perceptions of college as an attainable, realistic goal.”

Finally, the report also indicated that “seven percent (7%) of students who participated in the first two years of the program graduated early compared to 2% of their peers. Over 30% of participants in the first year of the program graduated under the Distinguished Achievement Program compared to 23% of their non-participating peers.”

(Source: Texas Education Agency Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS)).

 

María J. Fierro-Treviño

Instructional Specialist, Northside Independent School District, San Antonio, TX. (Retired)

Director for Languages other than English, Texas Education Agency (Retired)

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