Two William Floyd teachers – Kristen Drury (chemistry) and Patricia Costell (social studies) – were selected to participate in College Board’s annual Advanced Placement (AP) Reading for the AP Chemistry and AP World History examinations, respectively. Each June, AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather to evaluate and score free-response sections of AP exams.
“We both had an amazing time learning how the exam is handled and graded,” said Ms. Drury. “We met so many new teachers and professors with whom we were able to share ideas and content knowledge.”
AP Readers are high school and college educators who represent many of the world’s leading academic institutions. AP Reading is a unique forum in which an academic dialogue between educators is both fostered and encouraged. “It draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers and professors that the world has to offer,” said Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President, AP and Instruction at the College Board. “It fosters professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas, and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching. We are very grateful for the contributions of talented educators like Kristen Drury and Patricia Costell.”
The Advanced Placement Program enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies – with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both – while still in high school. Students participating in AP courses learn to analyze complex problems, construct solid arguments, and see many sides of an issue – skills that prepare them for college and beyond.
William Floyd currently offers numerous AP courses including Advanced Art, Physics B, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, Macroeconomics, Music Theory 3, Spanish Language and Culture, U.S. Government & Politics, U.S. History, World History and beginning this September, Computer Science.
Educators who are selected as AP Readers receive a small stipend, expenses, lodging and meals provided by College Board.
Living Environment Regents Item Writer
Additionally, Dr. Luisa McHugh, a Living Environment teacher at William Floyd Middle School, was the only teacher from Long Island to be selected as an Item Writer for the Living Environment Regents examination.
Item writers must have the knowledge of and the ability to apply principles of assessments.
“I work independently to craft test items to measure what students have learned in the Living Environment course,” said Dr. McHugh. “This involves finding related readings and information to serve as ‘stimuli’ for the test items.”
Other responsibilities include developing multiple-choice, selected-response and constructed-response items, a thorough understanding of the state standards in science, the Common Core Standards in English and mathematics, as well as the new Next Generation of Science Standards (NGSS).
Item-writers then work collaboratively with other teachers from NY State to edit and fine tune questions to be used on field tests to determine the validity of the questions. If the questions are determined to be valid, they can then be utilized on the Regents exam.