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Advanced Placement World Language exams increase by 37 percent
Wednesday, August 3, 2016

In the 2015-2016 school year, District 210 Board of Education Goal 1.3D challenged teachers to increase the enrollment and success rate of high-achieving students in Advanced Placement (AP) courses. At the July 21 Board Meeting, Lincoln-Way released the results of 2016 AP testing.

This school year, Lincoln-Way students took 56 more AP World Language exams than the previous year. The AP Language Exam tests students skills in five areas: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and culture. For native English speakers, these are some of the most challenging exams due to those five components, says Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Tim Reilly. Lincoln-Way offered exams in the following AP Language courses:

Chinese
French
German
Spanish
Latin
Spanish Literature

This year, for the first time ever, students took exams in five languages with the inclusion of Mandarin Chinese. World Language Department Chair, Peg Bobber, says, Every teacher in our department is integral to language development. From the first day students begin their journey of language acquisition, the experiences provided by teachers in daily lessons create confidence, foster curiosity, and ultimately create higher and higher levels of language proficiency.

A score of 3 or higher on an AP Language exam not only qualifies students for college credit at Illinois public universities, but also qualifies students for the Illinois State Commendation toward Biliteracy Award. A score of 4 or 5 earns students the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy Award.

Of the 207 exams taken, 173 students earned college credit. Although many test-takers received the Seal of Biliteracy in April, an additional 31 seniors qualified for the recognition upon completing the exam. The estimated total college tuition savings by Lincoln-Way students equates to $276,800. Bobber says, Lincoln-Way students realize that having proficiency in languages broadens their opportunities in future careers. We are very proud of these students.