Kettering prof helps score AP exam

Jul 8, 2008

An old pro at scoring AP exams, Dr. Jim Huggins recently helped score approximately 20,688 computer science exams.

Dr. Jim Huggins, associate professor of Computer Science atKetteringUniversity and a resident of Fenton, Mich., received selection earlier this year to participate in the annual Reading and scoring of the College Board's AP(R) Examinations in Computer Science. Scoring of the AP exams took place in June at the Louisville Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky.

This is Huggins fourth experience as a reader. “It was a genuine pleasure to be a part of the AP-CS reading again this year,” he said, adding that the opportunity to work with more than 100 highly-talented and committed computer science instructors from across the nation “was thrilling.  The personal interactions that happen across the work table, over meals and while relaxing in the evenings are wonderful; I always come back with a couple of new ideas for my courses and this year was no exception.”

During the seven-day reading period, readers scored approximately 20,688 computer science exams. In addition, there were 156 readers from both high schools and colleges across the country who scored exams. Huggins also said that during the reading period, he scored more than 1,000 individual problems.

Each year the AP Program, sponsored by the College Board, gives more than one million capable high school students an opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses and examinations and, based on their exam performance, to receive credit and/or advanced placement when they enter college.

More than 10,000 readers from universities and high schools evaluated 2.8 million examinations in 22 disciplines. According to the College Board, readers represent many of the finest academic institutions in the world. The AP Reading is a unique forum in which academic dialogue between secondary school and college educators is fostered and strongly encouraged. 

"The Reading draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers and professors that the world has to offer," said Trevor Packer, executive director of the Advanced Placement Program at the College Board. "It fosters professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas, and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching.  We are very grateful for the contributions of talented educators like Jim Huggins," Packer added.

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