Frisco ISD Students are College, Career and Military Ready

Sep 18, 2019

CBAS Mission Circle.Frisco ISD is developing a Community-Based Accountability System (CBAS) with the help of community members and staff on the Long-Range Planning Committee (LRPC). Each week through October 2, the District will provide information about each of the seven CBAS pillars. A catalog of these pillars can be found on the CBAS website as they are published. 

Student Readiness

When the Community-Based Accountability System (CBAS) team sat together, the focus was immediately on what is being done as a community and school system to make sure students of all abilities and interests graduate ready for their future.

“At the root of education is the development of learners who are ready for a future career path that may or may not already exist,” said Dr. Angela Romney, Frisco ISD managing director of academic programs. “The development of future-ready skills means sparking creativity in  students by encouraging them to embrace challenges through collaboration.”

Hunt Reifschneider is an active community member who has volunteered thousands of hours thanks to his passion for helping his community, friends and especially the children in Frisco. 

“We need to ensure students of all types not only advance, but there is accountability for that progression based on what the student and family believe is important,” Reifschneider said. “With a collaborative plan between students, school staff and parents, there are a number of positive outcomes that will come from future evidence provided through CBAS.”

When the subcommittee considered what data they would like the District to provide regarding student readiness, they considered three key questions:

  • To what degree are students demonstrating future-ready skills?

  • To what degree are students prepared to enter and succeed in the workforce?

  • To what degree are students prepared to enter and succeed in college?

While subcommittee members laid out a foundation for information they would like to receive, the District has gathered preliminary data and will expand and update the data provided to the community in 2020 based on recommendations from the CBAS committee. The following is a sample of evidence that will be provided in relation to the requested data.

How is Frisco ISD preparing students to be future-ready?

Frisco ISD provides a variety of pathways to ensure students are future-ready and well-prepared for post-secondary success, including career, college and military readiness. 

Future-ready learning is more than preparing for careers in an ever-changing workforce.  Future-ready students are challenged and supported in developing their ability to embrace challenges through a growth mindset, collaborate by recognizing the strengths in all, communicate and bridge ideas, contribute to the community and respond with compassion.

All high school students have access to e-portfolios where they are able to share their learning journey by engaging in the digital landscape to build a positive online presence. High school students building their ePortfolios through the Bulb platform can share their portfolio with prospective employers and colleges.

Elementary students and their parents also have access to a digital portfolio program and parent communication tool, Seesaw. 

Vaughn Elementary School with Seniors.Community Service
One way that students demonstrate social-emotional learning is through acts of service to the community. 

While community service is not required for graduation, seniors who graduate with at least 100 hours of community service are provided recognition of their accomplishment with a yellow graduation cord to wear at the ceremony.

More than 1,200 students in the Frisco ISD Class of 2019 graduated with community service cords. Notably, over 70% of Liberty High School’s Class of 2019 earned a community service graduation cord.

The students of Frisco ISD clearly stand out amongst the crowd. 

How is Frisco ISD preparing students to enter and succeed in the workforce?

Frisco ISD is an opportunity-rich district that strives to provide learning opportunities for all students across the District.

Exploring Interests
Students can explore their own interests with the guidance of their campus counselor and through the high school college and career counselor.

100 percent of high school students have access to career-interest surveys prior to graduation. 

Students can access Xello at any time to research colleges and careers and learn about their learning style via the Student Portal. Xello has multiple functionalities including:

  • Matchmaker – Students can research careers for which they are most suited.

  • Students can learn about their own skills/interests and how they can be helpful in determining a career.

  • Personality Style -- Students can take a personality quiz to see which careers they might enjoy.

  • Explore Options – Students can look at options for different colleges, majors and careers by filtering and selecting criteria that is important to them.

Students can then create post-secondary goals based on their interests.

Architecture Student at the CTEC.Student Programming Choice
Frisco ISD strives to be an opportunity-rich District with academic opportunities accessible to students across all campuses. High school students have access to numerous high-interest classes ranging from video game design to engineering, culinary arts and health science. Frisco ISD students have access to:

  • Over 125 career and technical education courses in 26 different pathways

  • More than 30 AP courses, including AP Capstone

  • Dual-credit coursework, including an Associate Degree Program

  • Internship Programs

  • IB Diploma Programme

  • 27 Industry Certifications

  • Online Coursework

Bright Academy, A School of Choice
Elementary students can apply to attend Bright Academy, where they have access to specialized curriculum that emphasizes an inquiry-based, hands-on and collaborative approach to learning. Bright Academy features Project Lead the Way Launch, a pre-career and technical education program that focuses on STEM, and the academy also teaches Spanish to its students. 

High school students can follow their interests into a wide variety of classes. There are currently five endorsement pathways offered in the District that can be achieved through an assortment of courses. Students can earn more than one endorsement including these areas of specialty:

Arts and Humanities Endorsement  - 28% of the Class of 2019

  • Art

  • Dance

  • Language

  • Music

  • Social Studies

  • Theatre 

Business and Industry Endorsement - 8% of the Class of 2019

  • Advanced Journalism

  • Animal Science or Veterinary Assistant

  • Floral Design or Horticulture and Landscape Design

  • Ag Mechanics

  • Architecture and Construction

  • Audio and Video Production

  • Graphic Design and Illustration

  • Animation

  • Fashion Design

  • Business Management and Administration

  • Financial Systems

  • Hospitality and Tourism

  • Information Technology

  • Marketing, Sales and Service

  • Sport and Entertainment Management

  • Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

Multidisciplinary Endorsement - 98% of the Class of 2019

  • This endorsement is built into the Frisco ISD graduation requirements. Students must receive credit for four math, English, science and social studies classes to earn this endorsement.

Public Service Endorsement - 4% of the Class of 2019

  • Education and Training

  • Government and Public Administration

  • Health Science

  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security

Pearson Middle School Science Classroom.STEM Endorsement - 32% of the Class of 2019

  • Computer Science

  • Math

  • Science

  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Ninety-seven percent of the Class of 2019 graduated with a Distinguished Level of Achievement (DLA), the highest graduation program offered in the state of Texas. 

The Frisco ISD High School Academic Guide and Course Catalog provides an in depth explanation of each endorsement, current course offerings and diploma programs.

Career and Military Readiness
There are many students who choose to serve the country upon graduation. In the Class of 2018, 46 students enlisted in the armed forces. Students who join the service with college credit can enlist at a higher rank. 

In the 2018-19 school year, nearly 30% of high school students were enrolled in career and technical education (CTE) coursework.

Over 15% of students in the Class of 2019 graduated with a certification that will translate directly to a potential career upon graduation. Some students earned more than one of the 667 certifications acquired by the Class of 2019.

Post-secondary credits in high school
Over half of the Class of 2019 graduated with at least one credit that can be applied to college.

Qualified students can enroll in dual-credit courses in which they earn both high school and college credit. This partnership through Collin College provided the opportunity for 1,201 students in the 2018-19 school year. In the Class of 2019, 20% of students graduated with at least one college credit earned through the dual-credit course offerings.

Frisco ISD students also have opportunities to take over 30 AP courses, including AP Seminar and AP Research as part of the AP Capstone Diploma Program, and corresponding exams throughout the District. AP courses are rigorous, college-level courses that align with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and the College Board standards and skills.

In the Class of 2019, 47.5% of students scored a three or higher on an AP exam, making them eligible for credit in college.

AP scores 

  • District - 76% of students scored a 3 or above on AP tests.

  • State - 48% of students scored a 3 or above on AP tests.

  • National - 58% of students scored a 3 or above on AP tests.

More than 56% of Frisco ISD 2019 graduates earned at least a 3 on an AP exam or earned dual credit.

Reedy Graduation Class of 2019.To what degree are students prepared to enter and succeed in college?

SAT and ACT scores are used as part of the college admission process and assess student readiness for college-level work.  

Class of 2018 SAT average score

  • District - 1190

  • State - 1032

  • National - 1068

Class of 2018 ACT average composite score

  • District - 24.7

  • State - 20.6

  • National - 20.8

Class of 2018 

  • 83% of graduates enrolled in college within two years after high school

  • 72% attended a public college or university

  • 11% attended a private college or university

  • 59% of graduates enrolled at a 4-year post-secondary school

  • 24% of graduates enrolled at a 2-year post-secondary school

Frisco ISD has recently partnered with the National Student Clearinghouse to learn more about student progress in their post-secondary education. Frisco ISD is also evaluating the long-term progress of students up to eight years after they graduate high school.

What’s next for the Student Readiness subcommittee?

“Through active involvement and commitment from the parents of FISD, they will help guide education rather than be a passenger on that bus,” Reifschneider said. “It’s time to start pushing the boundaries of education in a more dramatic way and community accountability will certainly help move us into another arena.”

In the meantime, the District has plans to expand opportunities for students through programming for a variety of learners in 2019-20 including but not limited to:

  • All high school campuses will offer the ASVAB during the school day during the 2019-20 school year.

  • All eleventh grade students will take the SAT during normal school hours on March 4, 2020 at no cost to them. This also aligns with the District promotion of college readiness through the administration of the PSAT in October to all 10th and 11th grade students at no cost. The District encourages all juniors to register for a free Khan Academy account and to link their PSAT scores once they receive them in December. Khan Academy has partnered with College Board to provide these SAT preparation resources at no cost.

  • The District will continue to evaluate the progress of high school graduates to learn more about the outcomes of students and what can be done to ensure they are ready for their personal journey.

The 2018-19 Student Readiness subcommittee worked hard to create a vision for what the community wants from the District to ensure all students are future ready. Thank you to these community and faculty members:

Community: Chazara Clark-Smith, Karen Cunningham, James Fomby, Sean Heatley, Melissa Parsons, Gopal Ponangi, Hunt Reifschneider, Bill Woodward

Faculty: Andrea Burney, Annie Isom, Becky Hood, Ebony Igbineweka, Hayley Dunham, Jennifer Greenlee, Jon Morey, Joy Richard, Leticia Mendez, Matt Motley, Shawn Platt, Amanda Campbell, Clarence Williams

To learn more about the vision of future-ready learning in Frisco ISD, click here.

District staff and community members are encouraged to use and follow #CantTestThat on various social media platforms to follow how students in Frisco ISD are taught more than what they are tested on each spring.

Click here to learn more about the background behind the Frisco ISD CBAS initiative or go to the official CBAS website where you can find information on each of the individual pillars.

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