Advanced Placement English exams increase by 23 percent
Thursday, August 4, 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 saw a large increase in AP English exams. In fact, the number of AP English exams that secured college credit exceeded the total number of tests taken in the previous year. A score of 3 or higher on an AP exam qualifies students for college credit at Illinois public universities, and in the 2015-2016 school year, nearly 85 percent of test-takers earned college credit. Lincoln-Way offered AP exams in English Language and English Literature courses.

We want to encourage students to take the exams, but also maintain those above-average scores, says Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Tim Reilly. Over the course of one year, our number of test-takers in AP English jumped from 358 to 442, but even more impressive is the fact that 85 percent of those students earned a score that qualifies for college credit. Weve heard for years that writing is one of the major strengths of this district. These numbers prove it. The estimated total tuition savings by 375 Lincoln-Way students equates to over a half million dollars.

Rich Kolimas, 2015-2016 Department Chair, says, The possibility of receiving college credit is only part of the allure as students continue to share their experiences of being challenged to read beyond the text, write with style, and speak with confidence. AP English teachers approach their courses as if they were teaching college freshmen, and Lincoln-Way students elevate their effort to meet the rigor.

The students sentiments echo their teachers. After completing his AP English Language and Composition course, senior Ryan Clark stated, "AP English Language was a tough course. It made me step up my efforts, but there are many benefits including great classroom discussions. Sure, the teacher prepared us well to excel, but having a classroom of motivated students made for a terrific atmosphere."