Columbia Heights High School
Columbia Heights High School is a comprehensive, public, four-year high school. Current enrollment is
approximately 950. In addition to being a culturally diverse school represented by multiple ethnicities,
it also serves a high LEP (Limited English Proficient) population.
In 2016, Columbia Heights High School earned a spot on the College Board's AP Honor Roll and the
District was named the "AP Small District of the Year." In 2017, Columbia Heights High School earned a
Silver Medal and ranked 55 out of 769 high schools in Minnesota by the U.S. News and World Report's Best
High School Rankings.
Extempore is used in AP Spanish and Spanish 2 at Columbia Heights High School, as well as in Spanish 1
at Columbia Academy by Juan Gonzalez Diaz.
IELP teachers also use Extempore for summative assessment – the traditional idea of checking whether
student has achieved the learning objectives after the completion of a lesson or unit. For
courses, summative activities might include reading individual word lists, reading sentences, and
appropriate intonation and rhythm for longer recordings. For speaking courses, the students may be
to talk about the topic for a limited amount of time. Using Extempore for summative assessment has
allowed instructors to get more talk time from each student for all assignments, leading to more
more accurately represent a students’ abilities and growth.