Teacher hails AP test scores as success.
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North Eugene High School North Eugene High School is a public high school of about 1,200 students in Eugene, Oregon, United States. It is located at 200 Silver Lane near the Santa Clara area of Eugene. North Eugene's mascot is the Highlander. English teacher Diane Downey knows a 10 percent passing rate typically is not something to crow about.
Downey knows that in this case, the number might serve as fuel for critics of her school's controversial new policy that all juniors take Advanced Placement English.
But she sees the 10 percent passing rate as cause for celebration.
"We had a huge success," said Downey, the English department Noun 1. English department - the academic department responsible for teaching English and American literature
department of English
academic department - a division of a school that is responsible for a given subject chairwoman, noting that no juniors took either the course or the exam last year.
Ten of the 97 North Eugene juniors who took the rigorous AP language and composition exam in May earned a 3 or better out of 5 points possible, a score viewed as the equivalent to earning a C or B grade in a college freshman English class. Scores of 3 or higher, and in rare cases even 2, can count toward college credit.
The College Board, which administers the Advanced Placement program, hasn't yet calculated the nationwide results of this year's exams, spokeswoman Jennifer Topiel said. On the same exam last year, just less than 54 percent of the 199,259 public-school juniors and seniors who took it earned a 3 or better, she said.
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Across the nation, AP classes have long been dominated by the college-bound, academic elite - students who would be expected to succeed in the class and fare reasonably well on the culminating exam. That's certainly the case across town at South Eugene High School South Eugene High School is a public high school located in Eugene, Oregon, United States. It was founded as Eugene High School around 1900, and was located at Willamette Street and West 11th Avenue in a brick building that later served as Eugene's city hall. , where 45 of the 50 students who opted to take the language and composition exam scored a 3 or better.
But North Eugene seized seized (seised) n. 1) having ownership, commonly used in wills as "I give all the property of which I die seized as follows:...." 2) having taken possession of evidence for use in a criminal prosecution. 3) having taken property or a person by force. (See: seisin, seizure) on an emerging trend toward broader participation and took it a step further, requiring all juniors to take the AP English AP English can stand for two distinct Advanced Placement Programs provided by the College Board:
In spring, students were given a choice: Take the official AP exam, which costs $82, or take a previous year's version at no cost. For the 100 students who chose the latter option, teachers scored their exams according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. AP standards and incorporated the results into final grades.
AP exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5, the multiple choice by machine and the essays by a panel made up of high school AP teachers and college professors.
Of the North Eugene juniors who passed, eight earned a 3, one a 4 and one a 5, Downey said. Among the other 87, slightly more than half earned a 2, the rest a 1.
Students found the test very difficult, she said, especially the multiple choice section, but didn't seem to feel caught off guard. The students took the test in the school gymnasium gymnasium
In Germany, a state-maintained secondary school that prepares pupils for higher academic education. This type of nine-year school originated in Strasbourg in 1537. one morning in May.
"I don't think it was harder than what they thought it was going to be," she said.
The students will be able to take the exam a second time as seniors if they wish, Downey noted.
"One of the best things about the experience was the demystification for them," she said. Many North Eugene students come from families with little or no experience in higher education higher education
Study beyond the level of secondary education. Institutions of higher education include not only colleges and universities but also professional schools in such fields as law, theology, medicine, business, music, and art. . The school serves a larger percentage of low-income and minority youth than any other school in the district.
The AP mandate has attracted attention from other school districts as well as The College Board, which will soon publish a piece by Downey on North Eugene's experience on its AP Web site, apcentral. collegeboard.com.
It has also drawn criticism. Some teachers at North bemoaned the loss of elective elective
non-urgent; at an elected time, e.g. of surgery.
elective adjective Referring to that which is planned or undertaken by choice and without urgency, as in elective surgery, see there noun Graduate education noun language arts language arts
The subjects, including reading, spelling, and composition, aimed at developing reading and writing skills, usually taught in elementary and secondary school. classes for juniors; others, both at North and elsewhere, felt it unreasonable and potentially damaging to expect low-skilled students to slog through what is considered to be a college-level course.
The school also heard plenty from parents and students, especially those on the traditional AP track who feared the curriculum would be watered down or the pace slowed by the inclusion of all students.
But Downey and other supporters believe it is critical to hold all students to the same standards. She points to research linking success in college with exposure to high-level courses in high school, and believes that aspect - more than the act of taking the final AP exam - is the most beneficial part of the school's mandate.
The AP requirement will stand in the coming year, but beyond that it's unclear. The school is breaking up into three small, autonomous schools this fall, although juniors and seniors will continue taking regular classes, including AP English. The following year, though, juniors will take classes in their individual small schools, and it will be up to each small school administrator and teaching team to decide whether to offer - let alone mandate - AP.
According to The College Board, 1.3 million students took 2.3 million AP exams this past year, 98 percent of them in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. . That's the most ever, Topiel said.