Pre-AP courses will be known as “honors” courses beginning in the 2021-2022 school year

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Beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, 6th through 12th grade courses identified as “Pre-AP” will be known as “Honors” courses. The Board of Trustees approved the name change recently to comply with College Board regulations.

Mitch Morken, director of Advanced Academic Services for Dallas ISD, emphasized that the course content will remain the same; only the name is changing. Teaching and Learning departments will continue to challenge Honors students by exposing them to a challenging, enriched curriculum associated with advanced coursework.

As in the past, Dallas ISD will continue to encourage equity for all by maintaining open enrollment for any student meeting the requirements to enroll in an Honors course. The district wants to encourage all students interested in participating in the Honors classes to feel both welcomed and supported.

In addition, students who score at the “meets” or “masters” level in subject content on the fifth grade STAAR test for Spanish or English Language Arts and Reading will be automatically enrolled in grade 6 Reading and Language Honors and Social Studies Honors. If the STAAR score is not available, students scoring at or above the 80th percentile on the reading comprehension section of the current Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) test will qualify for automatic enrollment.

Likewise, students who score at the “meets” or “masters” level on the fifth grade Mathematics or fifth grade Science STAAR test will be automatically enrolled in grade 6 Mathematics Honors or grade 6 Science Honors, respectively. If the STAAR score is not available, students scoring at or above the 80th percentile on the mathematics or science section of the current MAP test will qualify for automatic enrollment.

If you have further questions regarding the Pre-AP name change to Honors, visit www.dallasisd.org/letstalk. Click on the Teaching and Learning link to send your question to the appropriate department.

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