Dear JUHSD Families and Students,
As I write today’s communication to you about the College Board’s plan to administer this year’s AP Exams, I am thinking about all of you. Our JUHSD community includes more than 5,000 families, and employees. I know many parents or caregivers are managing working remotely while caring for families, colleagues and, hopefully, themselves. Many students are caring for others: siblings, elderly family members or others who are health-impaired. Some students are working during the school day to help replace income lost to parents or caregivers who have been furloughed. The Board and I are grateful for your empathy, innovation and patience as we navigate through week two of modified school operations and at-home learning.
AP teachers may have already reached out to their students to advise them on the College Board’s plan for administering AP exams in students’ homes virtually on any device. When surveyed, more than 91% of students indicated that they wanted to take one or more AP exams. Important takeaways:
- The College Board is providing free remote learning resources.
- Students will take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home.
- Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be 2 different testing dates.
- Students may opt out of the exam at no charge.
Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, students and teachers can attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These mobile-friendly classes are:
- Designed to be used alongside work that may be given by schools.
- Will be recorded and available on-demand so teachers and students can access them any time.
- Not dependent on current AP teachers continuing instruction. We know many AP teachers now face challenges that would make that impossible.
- Will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. There will also be some supplementary lessons including topics from the final 25% of the course.
See a complete College Board update on AP exams at this link.
Thank you for reading my communications as I know there have been many. Remember that if you or a family member is sick to contact your doctor. And, most of all, be safe.
Dr. Terry A. Deloria (Dr. D.)