Golda Meir is one of seven MPS schools offering SpringBoard, the Pre-Advanced Placement curriculum in English language arts and mathematics. SpringBoard is the foundational component for the College Board’s College Readiness System, offering a proven Pre-AP program that increases participation and prepares a greater diversity of students for success in AP, college and beyond – without remediation.
Middle school students engage in rigorous instruction from the College Board proven Pre-AP program, aimed at increasing AP exam participation and preparing a more diverse field of students for success on the AP test and in college. SpringBoard also equips teachers with the resources needed to deliver effective instruction while providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to compete in the 21st century. Aligned to the Common Core State Standards, SpringBoard bridges the gap between middle school, high school and college expectations.
Common Core State Standards
The curriculum in Milwaukee Public Schools is based on the Common Core State Standards. The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce.
The standards are informed by the highest, most effective models from states across the country and countries around the world, and provide teachers and parents with a common understanding of what students are expected to learn. Consistent standards will provide appropriate benchmarks for all students, regardless of where they live.
These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs. The standards:
- Are aligned with college and work expectations;
- Are clear, understandable and consistent;
- Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills;
- Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards;
- Are informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society; and
- Are evidence-based.