6/13/13 ASHLAND, Ohio – Dr. Duncan Jamieson, professor of history at Ashland University, was one of 1,200 readers for the AP U.S. history exam this year in Louisville, Ky. This is the sixth year that Jamieson has read for the exam.
Every year for the past several decades thousands of high school AP teachers and college professors gather to read the 1.3 million subject essays for the AP U.S. history exam. According to Jamieson, one question is required of each student, and it is based on several documents surrounding a particular topic.
“This year’s question was on slavery in the early days of the Republic,” Jamieson said. “Students choose two questions from two sets of questions, one before the Civil War and one after.”
Jamieson noted that the question he read was on social change 1945-1972, as it related to two of the following groups: African Americans, Latinos, women, and college students.
“We are trained on what to look for in answers so all the students have an equal chance of scoring well on the essays,” Jamieson said. “Over the course of seven days, I read some 1,250 to 1,300 essays.”
Students whose scores are high enough on the multiple choice portion, which is computer scored, and the essays, earn three to six hours of U.S. college history credit, depending on the standards of the college or university to which they apply.
“The nice part is the opportunity to interact with other faculty, both high school and college, from around the nation to learn what they’re doing,” he said. “We work in tables of eight, reading from 8 in the morning until 5:30 in the afternoon. It is challenging, but it is a great experience.”
Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###