Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 11, Number 2 (Fall 2006)
I would like to invite you to participate in a rewarding, professional service opportunity the weeklong AP® Statistics Exam Reading from June 3-9, 2007 in Louisville, Kentucky. After grading exams for nine years in Lincoln, Nebraska, growth in the program has forced us to move to new facilities in Louisville.
Participating in the annual reading has become an annual event for many teachers and professors. Approximately 90,000 exams were scored by 405 readers in 2006. College and university faculty members testify to the difference this experience has made in their teaching, grading, and professional life. Previous readers have said:
The reading has been more valuable to me than any other professional development activity, conference, or workshop.
This experience has improved my courses and led to beneficial projects and activities for my students.
I used to think I could write good exam questions, but this process has increased my awareness of and sensitivity to many new issues.
The reading has become an annual meeting place for me and my friends.
The application process is simple and can be completed online. Information about qualifications and how to apply can be found at http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/readers. Applications are accepted on a continual basis, but please submit your application as soon as possible to ensure consideration for the initial appointments to the 2007 Reading. The College Board provides an honorarium of $1450 for this service and covers all travel expenses, lodging, and meals.
Each new reader will be paired with an experienced reader, and we will not assume that you have previous experience using holistic scoring. A holistic approach, rather than an analytical approach, is used to grade the free response questions because we have discovered that the holistic approach works very well for problems with multiple correct approaches where strong emphasis is placed on interpretation and communication.
The social committee organizes a variety of voluntary activities that have included golfing, basketball games, swimming, playing cards, shopping, tossing pigs, watching movies, horse racing, sharing best practices from your classroom, and relaxing in a social lounge. Local attractions in 2007 will include Fourth Street Live, Churchill Downs, Kentucky Derby Museum, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, and perhaps even a ride on a river steamboat, The Belle of Louisville.
If you have any questions, contact Brad Hartlaub at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.