Arkansas High School Among First to Join College Board Program

Arkansas High School Among First to Join College Board Program

Arkansas High School is among the first to join the College Board Pre-AP program and is one of only one hundred schools in the nation selected to pilot the new initiative. The new Pre-AP program, which will launch Fall 2018, offers instructional resources, classroom-based assessments, high-quality professional learning, and focused practice for schools that earn an official Pre-AP designation from the College Board. In order to receive the designation, schools must agree to:

  • Align instruction to the course frameworks;
  • Give students the digital assessments provided by College Board;
  • Take part in professional training; and
  • Offer the course with open access.

Superintendent Dr. Kesler commented, “Arkansas High School has the highest college and career readiness index in the city of Texarkana, and I am confident that the staff and students of Arkansas High will receive the College Board Pre-AP designation.” The official College Board designation lets students, parents, and staff know that Arkansas High School is committed to providing high-quality instruction to students.


While the number of students enrolled in Pre-AP and advanced placement (AP) at Arkansas High School continues to increase, joining the College Board program will augment course offerings and increase student participation.  All of the Pre-AP courses are designed to give students a foundation to develop the skills they need for success in high school and beyond. Pre-AP courses prepare students for (AP) and other college-level coursework. Research indicates that students who participate in advanced placement (AP) courses have a higher retention rate in college than non-AP students of similar background and ability. The Pre-AP program will offer consistent, high standards that help build, strengthen, and reinforce students’ content knowledge and skills. 


There are several benefits of the Pre-AP program: engaging resources that meet students where they are; meaningful feedback to teachers that show areas in which additional student support is needed; and challenging coursework that emphasizes key literacy, quantitative, and analysis skills and reinforces these skills in multiple classroom disciplines.  Kesler stated that the benefits of joining the College Board Pre-AP program would result in enhanced instructional resources, increased teacher support, and higher academic achievement for all students who participate in these challenging courses.

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