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Summer school shows positive results for incoming Austin ISD freshman


More than 130 local students tutored this summer through Austin Partners in Education’s College Readiness Program


AUSTIN, TX (Sept. 20, 2017) – Summer is usually a time when teachers and students put away their textbooks, but it’s also a critical opportunity for students in need to get extra support before the next school year.


This summer, 133 incoming Austin ISD freshmen received direct tutoring support in English Language Arts, which includes reading and writing, through its partnership with Austin Partners In Education (APIE). At the end of the Summer Bridge Program, 61 local students became college ready based on the College Readiness standards for English Language Arts on the Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA). An additional 26 students met the standards in either reading or writing.


“For the past three years, our role has evolved to allow us to serve more students in Austin ISD’s Summer Bridge Program,” said Dr. Cathy Jones, Executive Director of Austin Partners in Education. This was our first time we had AmeriCorps VISTA members help us, and we’re really thrilled with the results— we provided over 1,200 hours of tutoring this summer.”


This particular Austin ISD Summer Bridge Program provides focused academic support aligned to the college readiness standards. Two and three week sessions were conducted for incoming freshmen at five of Austin ISD’s Early College High Schools: Crockett, Eastside, LBJ, Reagan, and Travis.


"The Chamber has invested in APIE to ensure our Austin students are college and career ready," said Drew Scheberle, Vice President of Education at the Austin Chamber of Commerce. "These students in East and South Austin have met these college and career readiness standards earlier, which will reduce the cost to attend post-secondary education and improve their chances to transition directly into post-secondary academic enrollment.”


Austin ISD also focuses on college readiness through its Early College High Schools and Career Launch Programs. Austin ISD added three new Early College High Schools this year at Eastside, Crockett and Lanier, and broke ground on its Career Launch Program buildings earlier this year.


During the regular school year, APIE’s College Readiness program serves 10 Austin ISD high schools and the program is free for students. APIE has helped over 2,000 students in Austin become college ready since the inception of its program.



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