On December 5, 2012, OCR resolved a Title VI compliance review of Metropolitan School District of Pike Township (District). The review examined whether African American students are provided equal access to rigorous college preparatory courses, specifically the International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement and honors courses at Pike High School, the District’s only high school. Prior to the conclusion of OCR’s investigation, the District entered into a Settlement Agreement with OCR. Under the agreement, by December 17, 2012, the District will create a College Preparatory Course Committee that will include teachers, parents, students, administrators, and others to review, assess and make recommendations relating to access to and enrollment in the high school’s rigorous college preparatory courses to ensure all students have an equal opportunity to participate in such courses at the high school. By February 1, 2013, the Committee will recommend actions for the District to implement to increase student participation in rigorous college preparatory courses and, by March 1, 2013, the District will consider and, as appropriate, take action with respect to the Committee recommendations, with all changes to take effect no later than the registrations for courses for the 2013-2014 school year. Under the Agreement, the District will also develop a monitoring program to assess the effectiveness of its efforts to increase participation in rigorous college preparatory courses, ensure that it effectively and widely disseminates to students and parents detailed information regarding its rigorous college preparatory course offerings, notify in writing parents regarding the benefits of taking rigorous college preparatory courses, evaluate its academic counseling services at the middle school and high school level and make appropriate changes, review and, if applicable, revise the enrollment criteria for the elementary and middle school “high ability” program and middle school honors, foreign language, and algebra courses, and ensure that each of its middle schools and its high school have a peer support program.
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