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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011 7A Quincy&apos;s AP students outrank rest of state Mona Hill Staff Writer mhill@plumasnews.com There are probably higher individual scores out there, but on average, Quincy High School's advanced placement (AP) students have outscored state and global averages. Coming from behind in 2007, only 57 percent scored well enough to earn college credit before they even finished high school. Since 2008, about 20 percent more QHS students have achieved 3s or better than the state and global averages. (See accompanying chart.) The tests are graded on a 5-point scale. A 3 is the lowest passing score. Some colleges only accept 4s or 5s. Advanced placement exams cover 34 different subject areas from art history to world history. Given by the College Board, the body that also administers the SAT exams, good AP scores can save time and tuition, as well as help win scholarships. JoAnne Rotta and Susan Frediani provide a strong foundation for AP success according to their colleagues at QHS. Matt McMorrow, who teaches AP Environmental Science, credits their English language, literature and com- position courses with provid- ing students with the language and writing skills needed to perform well in other subjects. Rotta and Frediani have built a strong program, in part because of their teaching ex- perience but mostly because of their "take no prisoners" approach to AP English. Frediani said, "I tell them, 'My job is to prepare you for university level classes. Step up and be prepared.'" Rotta agreed, "No whiners. You need to understand it is going to be more difficult." While the College Board has set expected outcomes, how the subject matter is taught and learned is as varied as teacher and student. The goal is a student who can analyze and expand on the original material-- one who can thihk. Rotta said AP is about encouraging what works. While "Jane Eyre" might be considered de rigueur for most lit classes, perhaps "The Great Gatsby" might spark greater interest and that's what counts for both women. Both said the exam results for McMorrow's AP Environ- mental Science were phenom- enal for a first-year program. McMorrow said the ex- cellent preparation his AP students received in other classes, as much as the stu- dents' enthusiasm for the course," is the reason for the outstanding results: Four students earned 5s on their exams and the average mean score was 3.9. McMorrow said it is ex- tremely difficult to get a 5 on the exam because of the exten- sive cross-disciplinary nature of environmental science -- from atmosphere to zoology to politics and law the breadth of knowledge required is daunting. Thirty-eight QHS students sat for 65 exams -- 84.2 per- cent earned a 3 or better for college credit -- 13 of them received top scores: 5s. Rotta said that is a great savings in tuition. The $87 exam fee compares favorably to the cost of tuition at most four-year colleges, esPecially universities and private colleges. For instance a full-time stu- dent, carrying 12 units, can expect to pay about $861 at Chico State, $933 at UC Davis and $3,33? at Stanford per three-unit course. QHS offers AP courses in English language and composi- tion and U.S. history for juniors and English literature and composition, environmental % of Total AP Students with Scores 3+ 90 80 70 n= n 50 1. a 4o R " 30 20 10 0 63 83 77 78 84 64 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 QHS California HI Global Source: The College Board Since 2007, the percentage of Plumas County advanced placement (AO) students scoring a 3 or higher on the exams has been consistently above the state and. global results. science andgovernment for seniors. Aleece Oravetz teaches history and Ned Maino teaches government. Apparently, the students are eating it up. 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