By Irisdian Mayares
AP classes were gratifying and killer last year, largely depending on the classes you took. Those that happened to be in the classes, Biology and European History, that only had the number of students passing the AP test in the single digits. Spanish Language and Culture fared significantly better, with a large majority of the class passing the test and the class.
Mr. Perez, the AP Biology Professor, said the reason for the contrast in Biology and Spanish scores was because students in the latter “already knew spanish”, while AP Biology was different than previous science classes students have taken. It’s a fair point considering all AP Spanish students last year were native spanish speakers -- even if they weren't great in Spanish, they had a significant advantage over Biology and European History.
In those subjects students rarely even knew the Basics of those subject from middle school and weren't subjected to them regularly like Latin America students would be to Spanish on the daily from their communities. “I do not have a clue what happened with the other classes,” said Salcedo about the disparity.
Obviously, the classes were very different from each other, Spanish, Biology, and History being as detached from each other as subjects can be, and they have varying degrees of difficulty that can be worsened by other factors like the instructors and the efforts students themselves input.
“I had trouble with biology,”said Leslie Mateo, a junior that took all three AP courses last year, “I could have put more boundaries and also more of an effort to actually manage myself with time and organization”.
“Students didn’t review,” said Mr. Perez. Mr. Salcedo similarly agrees that students were in large part responsible for the AP scores in his course, though for better results.
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