Each June, educators from across the world gather to score Advanced Placement examinations. Though part of the exam is multiple choice questions scored by Scantron machines, the “open-ended” essays, equations, and problems are scored by educators from both the secondary and post-secondary levels. This year was my fifth time scoring essays for the AP English Language and Composition exam, and it was nothing short of a fulfilling professional development experience. Approximately 530,000 students nationwide sat for this exam this year, which meant a total of 1.5 million essays. Roughly 1,500 readers had one week to score them all. Even though I [...]
Two dozen MPA Middle School students added on to the school year with a week-long exploration of colonial history and our nation’s founding, joining Mr. Peters, Ms. Burgess, and instructors from the Close Up Foundation on a trip to historical sites in Virginia, Philadelphia, and Gettysburg. PHOTO GALLERY After a quick peek at Arlington National Cemetery and the Jefferson Memorial, students and faculty traveled by bus to Colonial Williamsburg in southeast Virginia, where they met their Close Up instructors and the students from Texas and Minnesota with whom they would be traveling for the week. Students spent the day on the grounds of [...]
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