Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS) has two staff members selected for the prestigious honor of becoming an AP reader. Patricia Laughlin will read Spanish AP tests and Sarah Terrell will read AP Government tests for the second year. They will travel to Cincinnati in June to grade AP tests for a full week.
Advanced Placement readers evaluate and score AP students’ free-responses which ensure high school students receive grades that accurately reflect college-level achievement in a specified subject. Reader positions are available based on test taker volumes.
MVHS students will benefit greatly from Terrell and Laughlin’s experience as AP readers. Terrell and Laughlin will also become more familiar with AP scoring standards, which will provide valuable knowledge for scoring their own students’ essays during the year. The MVHS staff will be exchanging ideas with other AP faculty, the AP Development Committee members, as well as have resources throughout the nation. Ideas will be brought back and new concepts implemented with the goal to help MVHS students pass the AP exams.
MVHS Principal Bernie Campbell states, “We are very proud of the extra efforts Sarah and Patricia are taking to ensure a better learning experience for our AP students. These rigorous hours and connections they make will benefit our Spanish and Government programs as a whole, and the students will reap the rewards.”
For seven days in June, Terrell and Laughlin will travel to the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. AP readers can receive certificates awarding professional development hours and continuing education units (CEU’s). Readers will receive an honorarium of $1,639 and their travel, lodging and meals are covered.
High school AP readers must have taught the AP course for at least three years in a classroom setting. A Chief reader (college professor) for each subject selects the AP readers and oversees the AP grading process.
Laughlin states, “It will be a great experience for me as I will be able to network with other AP Spanish teachers and share lesson plans in the future. They say this experience makes you a better teacher since you have a better understanding of what is expected of the students.”
There are more than 12,000 teachers throughout the United States that receive this prestigious honor. In 2014, Terrell was one of 715 teachers to grade AP Government tests. Also in 2014, there were just over 1,000 Spanish readers.