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Hamilton teacher chosen to be AP Reader

The College Board chose Hamilton High School social studies teacher Eric Ebert to serve as an Advanced Placement (AP) Reader at the 2012 AP Comparative Government Exam Reading. He is one of 11,500 college faculty and AP teachers from around the world who will gather in three U.S. cities to evaluate and score about 14.5 million free-response answers on AP exams given this spring. Ebert was scheduled to be a reader June 9-17 in Kansas City, Mo.

More than 1.9 million exceptional students from around the globe took approximately 3.7 million AP Exams that contain multiple-choice and free-response questions, providing students with the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of rigorous, college-level coursework.

The annual AP Reading offers selected faculty a rare and enriching professional development experience with opportunities to develop teaching approaches and ideas through close interactions with a diverse group of professional colleagues. AP Readers receive training in consistent application of the scoring standards and use those standards to score student responses.

They will interact with members of the AP Development Committee responsible for revising AP course descriptions and developing exams, giving and receiving information about the current state of teaching and learning in their discipline. In addition, they will be able to discuss achievement, assessment and teaching strategies with college faculty and AP teachers while developing a network of professionals in their discipline.

“This is a real honor to be chosen to read, as the application process is long and intense,” said Ebert, who works with  more than 70 students AP government classes each year.

“I will receive invaluable information at the reading to better help serve future AP government students, not only through exam preparation, but through learning new and innovative ways to teach Hamilton students at a high level from teachers throughout the country,” Ebert said.

“This experience will unquestionably help me become a better teacher at Hamilton,” he said