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					                                       AP WORLD HISTORY
                                        HANSEN/FIRENZI
                                            2011-2012

Welcome to 10th grade world history. This class will prepare you for the May 2012 AP World History
exam, and will complete our unique three year world history program at PCS. In this class, we study
the history of human civilization: how civilizations develop, how they change over time, how they stay
the same, how they’re similar, and how they’re different.

We start the course at about 8,000 BCE with the change from nomadism to agriculture, and we end the
class at the present day. No more than 20% of the information we cover will be focused on the
continent of Europe, ensuring a broader understanding of the world’s many cultures. Some of this
material will be a review of the ancient and medieval world history you have already been exposed to,
and we will spend less time on these areas of the course in order to spend more time on the modern
period of world history. This class has two primary goals: 1) to develop your knowledge of world
history as a chronological narrative, and 2) to enable you to think like world historians, making
comparisons and drawing conclusions as you synthesize and evaluate themes and patterns through
history.

This class requires much more concentration and dedication than other classes you have taken at PCS.
The AP curriculum is rigorous and challenging, and achieving the necessary level of mastery requires
substantial effort and focus. To achieve this level of mastery, you will be reading and taking notes on
about one chapter from the text every week, and this reading will be accompanied by lectures, video
clips, primary and secondary readings, comparison exercises, and review activities. You will be
reading almost all of your textbook, as a thorough exposure to your text is a necessary component of
your preparation (the AP exam should not test you on anything outside of your text). A multiple-
choice reading quiz will follow each chapter (with the exception of the first and last chapter), and you
will be given two cumulative midterms (in October and March) and two cumulative final examinations
(in December and May). You will write several essays each semester, and supplemental readings in
class and for homework will be assigned as necessary. Additionally, you will be responsible for
researching and presenting one topic per semester to your classmates (possible methods of satisfying
this requirement are listed on the next page). These topics will be available for you to choose from
during the first two weeks of school, and you may work by yourself or with a partner. After the AP
test, you will (likely) have an additional project assignment, and an essay. The parameters of these
assignments will be fully outlined at a later date.

Required texts:

               Bulliet, Richard, Daniel R. Headrick, David Northrup, Lyman L. Johnson, and Pamela
                       Kyle Crossley. The Earth and Its Peoples: A Global History. Boston: Houghton
                       Mifflin, 2003.

               Diamond, Jared M. Guns, Germs, and Steel. New York: W.W. Norton Company, Inc.,
                     1999.

               AP World History Reader- you MUST bring this reader to class every day! (includes
                    numerous primary and secondary source readings used in class, maps, and study
                    materials)
Grading: Your grade is based on five factors:

   1.   weekly quizzes
   2.   homework
   3.   tests (midterm and final)
   4.   projects
   5.   participation

Your participation grade will include both your in-class assignments and my assessment of your
participation and behavior during class. MOST grades for a given week will be entered in Powergrade
by the following Sunday night, but please do give us some space here, as it takes more than a little time
and energy to grade your heartier assignments. The percentage breakdown for the different assignment
categories is as follows:

Quizzes: 20%                                        Homework: 25%
Tests: 20%                                          Participation: 20%
Projects: 15%

Quizzes and tests: Quizzes will test your knowledge of the chapter and lecture material for each mini-
unit. These quizzes will consist of thematically-based multiple choice questions, and will frequently
require you to compare and contrast, sometimes with reference to a prior mini-unit (obviously, we will
not test you on topics not yet covered). This format is designed to recreate AP questions as
authentically as possible—many of the questions on the AP test require you to compare and contrast in
some way. We might occasionally give you an essay test or a shortened multiple choice section with
an essay outline or geography exercise though, so be ready!

Your midterms will consist of twenty multiple choice questions, one essay (AP format), and a
chronology/geography exercise which will require you to know specific dates and locations.

Your finals will consist of fifty multiple choice questions, one essay (AP format), and the same
chronology/geography exercise.

Homework: Chapter outlines are the most common homework assignment in this course. For most
weeks, your only homework will be an outline of the chapter. However, there will occasionally be
substitutions and additions, especially when you don’t have a full weekend between quizzes. For those
chapters, you’ll most likely be asked to respond to a series of questions instead.

In addition to the outlines and the alternative assignments, students will need to watch THREE
historical movies per semester. These films will not be shown during regular class hours. You may
watch these movies at our official “movie nights,” or you may watch them on your own. If you choose
the latter option, please make an appointment to meet with one of us so we can give you a verbal quiz.
AP World History Themes:

The following themes, set out by the College Board, guide our discussions throughout the course in
roughly equal proportions (more on these later):


      1)   Interactions between Humans and Environment
      2)   Development and Interaction of Cultures
      3)   State Building, Expansion, and Conflict
      4)   Creation, Expansion and Interaction of Economic Systems
      5)   Development and Transformation of Social Structures

Individual Presentation Requirements: Everyone is required to make one in-depth presentation per
semester. These will be short oral presentations accompanied by a poster, a powerpoint, or a handout
to be distributed to your classmates (this could also be done as a video or as an in-class skit).
Basically, your presentation must include visuals, so if you have a more interesting way of doing it, ask
me about it and I’ll be flexible.

Your presentation must include information from sources other than your textbook. These
sources might include internet resources, books borrowed from the library, any of my books, etc. You
must also provide me with a bibliography IN MLA FORMAT, citing these outside sources.
These two projects can be done in pairs or individually, and will be graded on content (40%), effort
(40%), and creativity (20%). The content grade will be based on the quality of your information, your
use of themes, and the extent of your research. The effort grade is based upon how much time and
energy you have invested in the project. The creativity grade is based upon how well you engage your
audience of fellow students—your goal is to make a presentation that’s both scholarly and interesting.

We don't mean for this project to take dozens of hours to prepare, but we do want you to become
something of an expert on two subjects so that you always have these subjects to fall back on when
you are answering the more open-ended essay questions on the AP exam. Your presentation must be
at least seven minutes in length—if it falls short of this time requirement, you will lose five points (out
of fifty) for every minute under. Please see the rubric and powerpoint presentation on this subject
which follows later in the reader for more information.

Class Rules:   1) Be nice to people. Respect and tolerance for your classmates and your teacher are
               mandatory at all times.

               2) Keep the classroom clean. This means no eating and no littering. Don’t draw on
               the desks, don’t write on the chairs, and please leave the chairs and tables where they
               are.

               3) Be in your seat when the bell rings. The school’s attendance policy requires that
               we take attendance immediately. If you’re not here when the bell rings, you’re tardy.

               4) Pay attention. This is a college-level, lecture-based class. You can’t thrive in this
               class if you’re talking to your friends all the time or working on material from other
               classes.
A failure to follow the rules—especially rule #4—will result in a loss of participation points and
temporary ejection from the classroom. If you’re ejected from the room, it’s your responsibility to talk
to fellow students for any material missed in the lecture.

Missed/late work             1) Late assignments will be accepted for half credit up until the end
      policies:              of the semester.
                             2) If you are going to be absent, try to check with me for makeup work
                             beforehand, if possible. If you can't do the work during your absence, we
                             are really lenient about return time for missed work- I realize that things
                             come up and it may take awhile. You can still earn full credit, but work
                             missed because of an excused absence must be done before the end of the
                             semester (for first semester) or the AP test (for second semester).

Plagiarism/
Academic Honesty: It is the expectation that all work you submit for this class will be your own, and
more broadly, that you conform to the requirements for academic honesty laid out in the student
handbook. Failure to meet these expectations will not only harm your grade (as per school policy) and
possibly your behavioral record, but will tarnish your reputation with your teachers and potentially
your peers. Have pride in all the hard work that you do, don’t share your work with others, and don’t
plagiarize in an attempt to take the easy way out of an assignment. This “easy way” will almost
certainly become far more difficult when you are eventually caught. Outlines are considered
plagiarized if you turn in an assignment that contains elements which are identical to another student’s
assignment, and obviously, if you take them off the internet. In an effort to further encourage
academic honesty, we require that all non-AP essays be turned in through turnitin.com.

ABOUT THE AP TEST

The AP Test is composed of four sections: three essays, and one multiple-choice.

Multiple-choice:
On the multiple-choice section of the AP Exam, students have 55 minutes to answer 70 questions.
This section accounts for half of the test grade.

In theory, multiple-choice questions are supposed to be distributed into six periods:

Note: You have a big advantage             1)   Prehistory to 600 BCE (5%)
over other test takers here—you’ve         2)   600 BCE-600 CE (15%)
already had all of this in 8th and 9th!
                                           3)   600 CE to 1450 (20%)
                                           4)   1450 to 1750 (20%)
                                           5)   1750 to 1914 (20%)
                                           6)   1914 to the present (20%)
Essays:
Accounting for the other half of your AP grade are three different essays. You will be writing each of
these essays between four and eight times over the course of the year.

    1) Document Based Question (DBQ): This question requires you to analyze, interpret and
       synthesize the various primary sources that you’ve been required to study in history class over
       the last several years, including documents, visual data, maps, statistics, etc. (50 minutes)
   2) Continuity and Change Over Time: The change over time essay requires you to look at how
      some aspect of civilization or history has both changed and stayed the same over time. Your
      discussion must demonstrate a clear understanding of historical cause and effect, supported by
      chronologically specific data. (40 minutes)

   3) Comparative Question: This essay focuses on broad ideas in world history, and requires you to
      compare at least two societies. The essay is often based on one of the AP World History
      themes. (40 minutes)

Schedule: What follows is an outline of what to expect on a day-to-day basis in AP World History.
The homework laid out here is probably not the only homework that will be assigned to you, nor
will you necessarily have to read everything listed here. However, the bulk of the reading, the
presentation dates, the essay dates and the quiz dates will be fairly accurate. If they are not accurate,
you will a) be informed of any changes as soon as possible, and b) deal with the situation stoically!
You MUST refer to the schedule on the board and my verbal instructions for real, honest-to-goodness
due dates and extra assignments- it is your responsibility to keep up to date with assignments.

Just to make you aware, September and October are going to be the worst months for you, in terms of
the workload—know that it will get better soon.

SEMESTER ONE                                                 (*denotes advisory/ASM schedule)

Week 1: August 15th to 19th
      8/15     NO SCHOOL
      8/16*    Introduction to AP World History
                   Read Mann, “The Birth of Religion” (google search for the article online) plus
                      half-page response for Thursday; ALSO, Bulliet (pgs 14-25 only) for Friday
      8/17     Prehistory
      8/18     GGS essay discussion, review essay guidelines and rubric,
                  discuss Mann, response to Mann reading due
      8/19*    Prehistory Group Quizzes, River Valley Civilizations
                   Read Bulliet, Chapters 2 & 3 for Wednesday/Thursday, complete questions

Week 2: August 22nd to 26th
       8/22      River Valley Civilizations
       8/23*     Bronze Age Civilizations
Movie
Night!
       8/24-5    Bronze Age Civilizations/River Valley and Bronze Age Civilizations
8/24             Quiz/Questions due/GEOGRAPHY, presentations sign-up and explanation
                     Read Bulliet, Chapter 4 for Tuesday and complete outline
       8/26*     Americas and W. Eurasia

Week 3: August 29th to September 2nd
      8/29       Americas and Western Eurasia
      8/30*      Americas and Western Eurasia and GEOGRAPHY Quiz/Outline due/Greece
                 & Iran
                      Read Bulliet, Chapter 5 for Friday and complete questions
      8/31       Greece & Iran
      9/1        Greece & Iran, Presentation #1
       9/2*        Questions due/Rome & China
                     Read Bulliet, Chapter 6 for Friday and complete outline

Week 4: September 5th to 9th
        9/5      NO SCHOOL
        9/6*     Rome & China
 Movie
 Night! 9/7-8    Rome & China, Introduce Compare/Contrast Essay, Review
   9/8
        9/9*     Presentation #2, Ancient MEGA-civilizations Quiz/Outline due
                     Read Bulliet, Chapter 7 for Friday and complete outline

Week 5: September 12th to 16th
      9/12        India and SE Asia
      9/13*      India and SE Asia- religions and spread of religions (Eurasia & Africa map)
      9/14       India and SE Asia, Axial Age/Women 8,000 BCE to 600 CE readings
      9/15       Textbook Controversies—reading/discussion, Presentation #3
      9/16*       India and SE Asia Quiz/Outline due/GGS—Top 20 errors

Week 6: September 19th to 23rd
      9/19        GGS Essay Due/GGS essay partner edit
      9/20*       Networks of Communication and Exchange
                    Read SPLENDID EXCHANGE excerpt (see reader) for Tuesday and
                        complete outline
      9/21-22    Networks of Communication and Exchange, “Southernization”
      9/23*      “Southernization” discussion

Week 7: September 26th to 30th
      9/26       Silk Road readings, presentation # 4, review
      9/27*      Networks of Comm. and Exchange Quiz/Outline due/Islam and Sasanid
                     Read MUHAMMAD excerpt for Friday (see reader) and complete questions
      9/28       Islam and Sasanid
      9/29       Social Impact of Religions—In-class C/C essay
      9/30*      Presentation #5, Sasanid and Islam Quiz/Questions due/Christian Europe
                     Read Bulliet, Chapter 10 for Wednesday/Thursday and complete outline

Week 8: October 3rd to 7th
        10/3       GGS—2nd draft due by email to Mr. Hansen by 10 PM/Christian Europe
        10/4*      Crusades/Religious schisms
 Movie
 Night! 10/5-6     Presentation #6, Christian Europe Quiz/Outline due/Central and Eastern Asia
  10/5
                      Read Bulliet, Chapter 11 for Thursday and complete outline
        10/7*      Central and Eastern Asia

Week 9: October 10th to 14th
      10/10      NO SCHOOL
      10/11      Teacher In-Service—NO SCHOOL
      10/12      Central and Eastern Asia, Presentation #7
      10/13      Central and Eastern Asia Quiz/Outline due/Americas
                      Read Bulliet, Chapter 12 for Tuesday and complete outline
      10/14*      Americas
Week 10: October 17th to 21st
      10/17      Americas
      10/18*     Presentation #8, Midterm Review/Ch 12 Outline due
      10/19-20 Midterm
      10/21*     Mongols
                     Read Bulliet, Chapter 13 for Wednesday and complete outline

Week 11: October 24th to 28th
      10/24      Mongols
      10/25*     Mongols, Presentation #9
      10/26      Outline due/Eastern Eurasia/Zheng He
                     Read Bulliet, Chapter 14 for Friday and complete questions
      10/27      Eastern Eurasia/Zheng He, Presentation #10, Mongols review
      10/28*     Eastern & Western Eurasia Quiz/Questions due/Tropical Africa & Asia
                     Read Bantu article for Weds./Thurs. (on website), complete questions

Week 12: October 31st to November 4th
        10/31    Tropical Africa & Asia
        11/1*    Tropical Africa & Asia, Presentation #11
 Movie
 Night! 11/2-3   Bantu Article Questions due/Latin West
                     Read Bulliet, Chapter 16 for Tuesday, complete outline
  11/3


        11/4*    Latin West

Week 13: November 7th to 11th
      11/7     Presentation #12, Review Tropic Africa & Asia and Latin West
      11/8*    Tropical Africa, Asia and Latin West Quiz/Outline due/Maritime Revolution
                   Read Bulliet, Chapter 17 for Monday, complete outline
      11/9     Maritime Revolution, introduce DBQ
      11/10    Maritime Revolution—Group DBQ
      11/11    NO SCHOOL

Week 14: November 14th to 18th
      11/14    Presentation #13, Maritime Revolution Quiz/Outline due/Transformation of
               Europe
                   Read Bulliet, Chapter 18 for Friday, complete questions
      11/15*   Transformation of Europe
      11/16-17 Transformation of Europe, Presentation #14
      11/18*   Transformation of Europe Quiz/Questions due/American Colonial Societies &
               Atlantic System and Africa
                   Read Bulliet, Chapters 19 & 20 for Tuesday, 11/29, complete charts

Week 15: November 21st to 25th
      11/21    American Colonial Societies & Atlantic System and Africa
      11/22*   American Colonial Societies & Atlantic System and Africa/GGS Final Draft due
               to Ms. Firenzi
      11/23-25 NO SCHOOL
Week 16: November 28th to December 2nd
      11/28    Presentation #15/Review American Colonial Societies & Atlantic System and
               Africa
      11/29*   American Colonial Societies & Atlantic System and Africa Quiz/Charts
               due/Southwest Asia and the Indian Ocean
                   Read Bulliet, Chapter 21 for Friday, complete questions
      11/30    Southwest Asia and the Indian Ocean
      12/1     Muslim Empires DBQ
      12/2*    Presentation #16, Southwest Asia and the Indian Ocean Quiz/Questions due/
               Eastern Eurasia
                   Read Bulliet, Chapter 22 for Wednesday/Thursday, complete outline

Week 17: December 5th to 9th
        12/5    Eastern Eurasia
        12/6*   Presentation #17, Eastern Eurasia
 Movie
 Night! 12/7-8  Eastern Eurasia Quiz/Outline due/Revolutionary Changes in the Atlantic World
                    Read Bulliet, Chapter 23 for Thursday, complete outline
  12/7


        12/9*   Revolutionary Changes in the Atlantic World

Week 18: December 12th to 16th
      12/12     Enlightenment Philosophy
      12/13*    Haitian Revolution class DBQ
      12/14     Presentation #18, Revolutionary Changes in the Atlantic World review
      12/15     Revolutionary Changes in the Atlantic World Quiz/Outline due/Final review
      12/16*    Final review

Week 19: December 19th to 21st
      12/19     FINALS: 1st and 4th
      12/20     FINALS: 2nd and 5th
      12/21     FINALS: 3rd and 6th

SEMESTER TWO

Week 1: January 9th to 13th
        1/9       NO SCHOOL
        1/10*     Early Industrial Revolution
 Movie                Read Bulliet, Chapter 24 for Wednesday, complete outline
 Night!
  1/12  1/11-12   Early Industrial Revolution/Impacts of the Industrial Revolution activity
        1/13*     Early Industrial Revolution

Week 2: January 16th to 20th
      1/16        NO SCHOOL—Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
      1/17*       Presentation #19, Early Industrial Revolution review
      1/18        Early Industrial Revolution Quiz/Outline due/Nation Building in the Americas
                      Read Bulliet, Chapter 25 for Wednesday/Thursday, complete outline
      1/19        Commodities in the Americas
      1/20*       Nation Building in the Americas
                     Commodities Assignment Due
Week 3: January 23rd to 27th
      1/23        C/C Essay- Independence Movements
      1/24*       Presentation #20, Bolivar, Nation Building in the Americas review
      1/25-26     Nation Building in the Americas Quiz/Outline due/Africa, India, and the New
                  British Empire
                      Read Bulliet, Chapter 26 for Tuesday, complete outline
      1/27*       Africa, India and the New British Empire

Week 4: January 30th to February 3rd
      1/30        Presentation #21, Africa, India and the New British Empire Review
      1/31*       Africa, India, and the New British Empire Quiz/Outline due/The Ottoman
                  Empire and East Asia
                      Read Bulliet, Chapter 27 for Tuesday, complete outline
      2/1         The Ottoman Empire and East Asia
      2/2         The Ottoman Empire and East Asia, video
      2/3*        Map activity, Opium Wars activity

Week 5: Feburary 6th to 10th
        2/6       Presentation #22, Ottoman Empire in East Asia review
        2/7*      Ottoman Empire in East Asia Quiz/Outline due/The New Power Balance
 Movie
                      Read Bulliet, Chapter 28 for Wednesday, 2/15, complete outline
 Night!
   2/8
        2/8-9     The New Power Balance—group C/C/O/T
        2/10*     Communist Manifesto
                      Finish the Communist Manifesto and complete study guide for Monday

Week 6: February 13th to 17th
      2/13        Communist Manifesto- Quiz, discussion—Study guide due
      2/14*       Presentation #23, New Power Balance Review
      2/15        New Power Balance Quiz/Outline due/The New Imperialism
                     Bulliet, Chapter 29 for Monday, 2/27, complete outline
      2/16        The New Imperialism
      2/17*       The New Imperialism

Week 7: February 20th to 24th
      2/20        NO SCHOOL
      2/21        NO SCHOOL
      2/22-23     C/O/T—Labor Systems
      2/24*       The New Imperialism, Presentation #24

Week 8: February 27th to March 2nd
      2/27        The New Imperialism Quiz/Outline due/The Crisis of the Imperial Order
                     Read Bulliet, Chapter 30 for Monday, complete outline
      2/28*       Crisis of the Imperial Order- WWI
      2/29        Crisis of the Imperial Order-WWI, Russia- Reds (short excerpts)
      3/1         Crisis of the Imperial Order- China, The Last Emperor (short
                  excerpts)
      3/2*        Presentation #25, Crisis of the Imperial Order
Week 9: March 5th to March 9th
        3/5       Midterm review/Outline due
        3/6*      Midterm—M/C and dates
 Movie
 Night! 3/7-8     Midterm—Essay, The Collapse of the Old Order
                      Read Bulliet, Chapter 31 and complete outline for Thursday
   3/8


        3/9*      The Collapse of the Old Order

Week 10: March 12th to 16th
      3/12       The Collapse of the Old Order
      3/13*      The Holocaust
      3/14       Presentation #26, Collapse of the Old Order review
      3/15       Collapse of the Old Order Quiz/Outline due/Striving for Independence—Africa
                 and Mexico
                     Read Bulliet, Chapter 32 for Friday, complete outline
      3/16*      Striving for Independence- India and Gandhi

Week 11: March 19th to March 23rd
      3/19       Striving for Independence- India and Gandhi
      3/20*      Striving for Independence- Argentina, Evita
      3/21-22    Compare/contrast, Presentation #27, review
      3/23*      Striving for Independence Quiz/Outline due/Cold War
                     Read Bulliet, Chapter 33 for Friday, complete outline

Week 12: March 26th to 30th
      3/26       Cold War
      3/27*      Cold War
      3/28       Cold War
      3/29       Cold War, Cold War Review, Presentation #28
      3/30*      Cold War Quiz/Outline due
                     Read Bulliet, Chapter 34 for Friday 4/13, complete outline

Week 13: April 2nd to 6th--SPRING BREAK
      *Extra credit timelines

Week 14: April 9th to April 13th
       4/9         Crisis, Realignment
Movie
       4/10*       Crisis, Realignment
Night!
 4/11
       4/11-12     Goodbye Lenin (excerpt), presentation #29, Crisis, Realignment review
       4/13*       Crisis, Realignment Quiz/Outline due
                       Read Bulliet, Chapter 35 for Thursday, complete outline

Week 15: April 16th to 20th
      4/16        End of a Global Century
      4/17*       End of a Global Century
                      Bring in a newspaper article for tomorrow (preferably concerning world
                     events)
      4/18        End of a Global Century Activity/Bring in any newspaper article, presentation
                  #30
       4/19       End of a Global Century Quiz/Outline due
                     Terms Log due Wednesday/Thursday
       4/20*      PRACTICE TEST PART 1- Multiple Choice (not graded)

Week 16: April 23rd to 27th
        4/23      PRACTICE TEST PART 2- DBQ (not graded), review M/C
        4/24*     PRACTICE TEST PART 3- C/O/T (not graded)
 Movie
 Night! 4/25-6    PRACTICE TEST PART 4- C/C (not graded) TERMS LOG DUE, Peer edit
  4/26
                  DBQ, compare w/ sample DBQ’s, review problem spots
        4/27*     Peer edit C/C and C/O/T, compare w/ sample C/C and C/O/Ts, review problem
                  spots
                        Foundations timeline due Monday

Week 17: April 30th to May 4th
      4/30        Review Foundations
                      600-1450 CE timeline due Tuesday
      5/1*        TIMELINE DUE/Review 600-1450 CE
                      1450-1750 CE timeline due Wednesday
      5/2         TIMELINE DUE/Review 1400-1750 CE
                      1750-1914 timeline due Thursday
      5/3         TIMELINE DUE/Review 1750-1914 CE
                      1914-present timeline due Friday
      5/4*        TIMELINE DUE/Review 1914-present

Week 18: May 7th to 11th
      5/7         Finish review
      5/8*        Finish review
      5/9-10      Final Exam Parts I/II (Multiple choice, DBQ)
      5/11*       Final Exam Part III (Dates)/What to Expect on Thursday

Week 18: May 14th to 18th
      5/14       Review Final Exam
      5/15*      Review
      5/16        Review

       5/17       AP WORLD HISTORY EXAM

       5/18*      Party!

Week 19: May 21st to 25th
      5/21       TBA
      5/12*      TBA
      5/23-24    TBA
      5/25*      TBA

Week 20: May 28th to June 1st
      5/28    NO SCHOOL—Memorial Day
      5/29    FINALS: 1st and 4th
       5/30      FINALS: 2nd and 5th
       5/31      FINALS: 3rd and 6th
       6/1       Graduation, etc.

Advanced placement classes are intended to prepare students for the Advanced placement tests and all
PCS students enrolled in AP classes are expected to take an AP test for each class that they are taking.
Each Advanced Placement test is a non-biased, standardized means of evaluating students'
understanding of the subject.

PCS teachers have the option to use AP test scores as an assessment for subject understanding as well
as an incentive for students to take the test. If teachers choose to use the AP scores as a means of
incentive and assessment, grades can be adjusted based upon the score in the class as well as the
student's score on the test. The College Board states that AP scores are "… set so that the lowest
composite score for an AP grade of 5 is equivalent to the average score for college students earning
grades of A.

Similarly, the lowest composite scores for AP grades of 4, 3, and 2 are equivalent to the average scores
for students with college grades of B, C, and D, respectively." With this understanding, final course
grades can be adjusted using AP scores only if AP test are scores higher than course score. Final
course grades can be adjusted if a student's score is higher on the AP test than on class grade. The
maximum adjustment that can be made by a teacher is one letter grade above class grade. For
example if a student receives a B- in as a class grade and scores a 5 on the AP test, the grade will be
adjusted to an A-.

Notes:
1. Class grades lower than a C- cannot be adjusted.
2. Since AP scores are not received until July, seniors will be given a previously released AP test or
equivalent test that can be used by the teacher to fairly adjust the grades of the seniors.
3. If an AP class is taught by more than one teacher, a policy about grade adjustment and AP scores
must be agreed upon by the teachers prior to the school and placed in writing in the syllabus at the
beginning of the year.

				
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