Education Foundation announces AP/IB incentive program

The Education Foundation of Odessa has announced it will continue the AP/IB Campus Award Incentive Program in ECISD at the cost of $70 for the first AP or IB exam a student passes.

AP stands for Advanced Placement and IB is International Baccalaureate.

Based on the success of ECISD students in the May 2017 session, a combined total of $24,010 is being made available to Odessa High School, Permian High School, and George H.W. Bush New Tech Odessa for AP/IB teacher training based on a report from Omega Loera, director of advanced academic services in ECISD:

  • Odessa High School: 208 students at $70 each is $14,560 (AP and IB).
  • Permian High School: 123 students at $70 each for $8,610 (AP only).
  • New Tech: 12 students at $70 for $840 (AP only).

“The Education Foundation of Odessa is honored to support the AP and IB programs in ECISD through this incentive program that provides training for teachers,” Education Foundation Executive Director Celeste Potter said. “We are so proud to see continued success in our high schools and look forward to continuing this program in the future.”

The Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs provide ECISD high school students an opportunity to be challenged beyond existing instructional programs, a news release said.

The AP Program, administered by the College Board and taught at Ector County Independent School District high schools, allows students to participate in college preparation courses and possibly earn college credit while still in high school.

Secondary schools and colleges cooperate in this program to give students a chance to show mastery in college-level courses by taking the AP exam in May of each school year.

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect, the release said.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment.

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