Better for teachers, because it’s developed by teachers
When you enter a SpringBoard classroom you don’t hear a teacher talking in the front of the room. You hear a buzz of excitement, with students working together and taking charge of how they learn. That’s what the teachers who designed SpringBoard wanted for their classrooms, so they created a curriculum and materials that are focused on real classroom needs, encouraging teacher and student involvement.
A living system of learning
SpringBoard emphasizes real-world connections, so students aren't just memorizing how to do things. To stay current, the program is regularly updated based on feedback from the teachers who use it. We're continually refreshing SpringBoard with the best ideas from around the country.
Helping teachers—not telling them how to do it
The program's teacher tools and guidance give teachers the flexibility to apply its many powerful tools in the way that works best for them—and their students. A few examples:
- Close Reading Workshops and Writing Workshops provide the option to focus on key reading and writing skills.
- Turnitin Revision Assistant provides automated feedback on student writing, freeing teachers to concentrate on more meaningful tasks.
- Zinc Learning Labs gives teachers and students access to a huge library of texts for independent reading.
- Desmos Classroom Activities invite students to engage in academic conversations to discuss mathematics concepts with their peers.
- Adaptive features in every lesson help teachers tailor instruction for different student needs.
Ongoing professional learning keeps educators energized
SpringBoard is more than just a curriculum—it’s an ongoing, collaborative partnership with teachers, schools, and districts. From day one, your teachers and administrators benefit from hands-on education and support to help them make the most of the program:
- Workshops and institutes get teachers, coaches, and administrators ready with SpringBoard pedagogy and content that supports effective implementation.
- Focused workshops develop your participants’ expertise in SpringBoard instructional approaches, standards alignments, assessments, program elements, and options for differentiation.
- Workshops and symposiums focus on program growth and expansion and tap into your team’s leadership potential.
Learn more about SpringBoard Professional Learning.
Aligning to standards—while ensuring college and career readiness
The SpringBoard curriculum is aligned to state standards, and the connections to standards are made clear both to teachers and to students (in student-friendly language), at the beginning of each activity. And because it’s made by the College Board, the program’s instruction and assessments align with the skills, knowledge, and standards that ensure students are career and college ready. This includes being aligned to the SAT® Suite of Assessments: SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9.
SpringBoard helps more students succeed:
- High schools using SpringBoard showed a 48% increase in students taking AP Exams in both English and mathematics—and an even greater increase among black and Hispanic students.
- SpringBoard schools saw a 4%–8% increase in AP and PSAT/NMSQT performance, and saw SAT scores rise 26 points on average.
- High schools using SpringBoard for three to five years had substantially more students taking AP courses.
- SpringBoard use improves AP scores, particularly among black and Hispanic students.
For more complete research details, see the SpringBoard Compendium of Research (.pdf/3.6MB).
Awards and recognition
Education professionals continue to recognize the impact SpringBoard is making in classrooms across the country. Recent awards include:
- 2017 Green Rating from EdReports.org for our English Language Arts program (Common Core Edition).
- 2017 REVERE Award winner in the Whole Curriculum—Mathematics category. The REVERE Awards honor exceptional resources used by teachers and learners of all ages.
- 2016 and 2015 REVERE Distinguished Achievement Award winner in the Whole Curriculum—Reading and Language Arts category.
- 2016 CODiE Award finalist in the Best Reading/English/Language Arts Instructional Solution and Best Mathematics Instructional Solution categories; and 2014 CODiE Award finalist in the Best Reading/English/ELL Instructional Solution and Best Cloud-Based Solution categories. The CODiE Awards recognize outstanding achievement in the education, content, and software industries.
- 2015 CODiE Award winner for Best Education Cloud-Based Solution.
- 2014 EdTech Digest Cool Tool Award finalist in the category of Digital Textbooks. The EdTech Digest Cool Tool Awards recognize outstanding solutions in education and technology.
- 2014 BESSIE Awards for Middle School Math Website and Middle School ELA Website. The BESSIE Awards recognize innovative websites that foster educational excellence through technology.
- 2014 REVERE Distinguished Achievement Award finalist in the Whole Curriculum—Mathematics category.