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Sunny Hills students, teachers finding College Board’s not budging much on their appeals regarding low scores from modified online exams

A sample College Board response email regarding a potential change in scores for Advanced Placement tests.
Kate Yang October 2, 2020

This is the second of a two-part series focusing on the May 2020 Advanced Placement [AP] scores released earlier this summer. In response to the coronavirus pandemic that shut down testing locations worldwide,...

‘We killed it:’ Sunny Hills principal cites College Board report showing more than three-fourths of students passed their May 2020 Advanced Placement exams — the highest passing percentage over the past four years

An infographic for the national score distribution of AP Human Geography text takers last year.
Kate Yang September 26, 2020

This is the first of a two-part series focusing on the May 2020 Advanced Placement scores released earlier this summer. In response to the coronavirus pandemic that shut down testing locations worldwide,...

Many find modified, online AP exam easier to take, though a few plan to take makeup tests in June after experiencing technical issues with submitting their responses

Elijah Jhee May 29, 2020

The online modified Advancement Placement [AP] exams were much easier for many Sunny Hills students who took them throughout most of this month, but some experienced technical difficulties and have opted...

Success of freshmen taking AP Human Geography should open path for incoming ninth-graders to take more rigorous courses like AP Literature and Composition or AP Biology

Art by contributing artist JungHyun Lee.
Jaden Hom May 28, 2020

About 250 freshmen took the Advanced Placement Human Geography [AP HUG] exam on the second day of online testing from the College Board. Like other AP exams offered online as an adjustment to the COVID-19...

May 11: Chapman University, don’t expect me to receive 4s or higher on all my AP tests

From the comfort of her own home, senior Michelle Buckley uses her smartphone to take a picture of herself as she prepares for her May 21 Advanced Placement Macroeconomics exam by writing her ID number and initials at the top of each scratch paper.
Michelle Buckley May 21, 2020

LIVING UNDER THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS This is part of a series of columns from The Accolade staff about their various experiences during the school closure because of the coronavirus pandemic. If you...

Editorial: 45-minute, free-response Advanced Placement tests definitely worth taking

Art illustrated by Accolade graphics editor Erin Lee.
Krishna Thaker May 12, 2020

In light of the coronavirus outbreak, schools have adapted to alternative methods of education by switching to online learning, which has been hard for many Sunny Hills students.  Concerns over cheating...

IB cancels all April and May exams because of coronavirus-related school closures worldwide

Seniors worry about being eligible to receive their International Baccalaureate diploma following the program's decision to cancel all exams this school year. Image taken by Accolade news editor Tyler Pak
Tyler Pak April 24, 2020

Unlike the College Board that has gone on to offer a much abbreviated Advanced Placement exam for its various subjects next month, the International Baccalaureate [IB] program has issued a statement canceling...

March 18: Son of a glitch; how my first day of distance learning went

Accolade staff writer junior Hope Li joins the Google Meet that her fourth period Advanced Placement U.S. History teacher, David Wilde, set up. Like Li, many Sunny Hills students experienced WiFi and online app connection issues on the first day of distance learning. Photo taken by Accolade adviser Tommy Li.
Hope Li March 19, 2020

LIVING UNDER THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS This is the second of a series of columns from The Accolade staff about their various experiences during the school closure because of the coronavirus pandemic. If...

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