District parent, Nic Copley, was recognized by the Chagrin Falls Board of Education on June 19 for his service to the district relative to bringing the National Fluid Power Association Competition to our district and for recently securing grant funding from Parker Hannifin to support STEM programming for students. We wish he and his wonderful family well as they leave the district and return to the United Kingdom this summer.
Chagrin Falls High School Teacher Scores Thousands of AP Tests
Chagrin Falls High School AP English Language and Literature teacher, Bobbie Serensky, began her summer by reading and scoring 2,075 essays for the national AP English Language test. The Advanced Placement program allows academically prepared high school students to take college-level courses with the chance to earn college credit, advanced placement, or in some cases, both. AP courses are available in 38 subjects and end with a rigorous exam.
The goal of the AP program is to teach students how to analyze complex problems, construct arguments and see multiple sides of an issue. The AP exams are scored on a scale of one to five. Students who score a three or higher have been shown to experience greater academic success in college. Research also shows that students who participate in AP courses are more likely to earn a college degree.
Every June, AP teachers and professors come from all over the world to the United States to score the free-response sections of AP exams. This was Serensky’s fifth year participating in the exam scoring process. The scorers are known as AP Readers, who are made up of high school and college teachers who represent some of the world’s leading academic institutions. The group of AP Readers is a unique forum where conversation between educators is encouraged.
“My favorite aspects of participating are learning more about my subject area and building professional relationships with educators from all over the world,” said Serensky.
Serensky scored the AP English Language test with over 1,000 other English teachers and professors from June 12-18 in Tampa, Florida. Her job was to score the second test question, which was a rhetorical analysis essay.
In the AP press release, Senior Vice President of AP and Instruction at the College Board, Trevor Packer, said, “The Reading fosters professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas, and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching.”