Wednesday, August 04, 2010

AP Scores

While paying a shiva call today, my friend asked me how my AP kids did and I told her I didn't know as I had no access to their scores. She looked at me like I was nuts and said, "Of course you do. Just sign in on the audit page and they will come up. How could you not know? E-mails come from College Board all the time and you are always online." I couldn't believe I screwed up so bad and immediately went to her computer to sign in and check for myself. Well, I SCREWED UP! The scores were all there, plain as the nose on my face (which is very red at the moment.)

For the most part, my kids did as I expected. There were thirteen 5's, nineteen 4's, fourteen 3's, six 2's and seventeen 1's. Most of the scores were no surprise. The kids with senioritis, the ones I should have dropped but didn't, for the most part got the 1's. I'm not sorry I kept them. I know that what they did manage to learn will help them next year. And, quite a few of the ones I would have dropped managed to pull through with 3's and 4's. I was shocked to see a few of the ones who were doing really well had blown the test. Obviously, I am not a good predictor and will not consider a future career as a fortune teller.

Well, 67% is not a passing percentage to be proud of but I know did my best to get these kids through. I couldn't make them study and I couldn't get the ones who knew little English to understand some of the words. I could make a goal to raise the percentage for next year but I don't think I will. My only goal will be to keep teaching the course to the best of my ability, to continue to instill a love of math into my students and to get them to really start thinking, and using the wonderful brains they were born with.


Anonymous said...

SUPPORT PUBLIC SCHOOLS FB page has a few posts and even a song about the pitfalls of RTTT and NCLB. It's wrong to put so much emphasis on one test to prove you are a good teacher. Even the brightest of students clam up and 2nd guess their answers.

California just changed their standards and I just heard NY did the same. Bette Davis would say..."it's going to be a bumpy ride!"

Ms. Cookie said...

I'm always impressed with your AP scores ... if/when I teach it again at my new school, I want to pick your brain on strategies. Congratulations!

Ms. Cookie

Anonymous said...

I don't know why you reported a percent. Your students took a test; you did not.

We have enough problems with the DoE trying to rate us using students' scores - let's not do it to ourselves.

Jonathan jd2718

Pissed Off said...

My AP loves percentages. Doesn't matter whether I do them or he does them.