Wells' Spanish Faculty to Participate in Advanced Placement Program Reading

May 23, 2014
Professors Gerardo Cummings and Elizabeth Juarez-Cummings will join teachers from around the world this summer to evaluate AP exams
Professors Elizabeth Juarez Cummings and Gerardo Cummings

Wells College faculty members Dr. Gerardo T. Cummings, Assistant Professor of Spanish, and Elizabeth Juarez-Cummings, Visiting Instructor of Spanish, have been selected to participate in the College Board’s Annual Advanced Placement (AP) Reading in Spanish Literature and Culture and Spanish Language and Culture, respectively. Each June, AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather in the United States to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP exams. During the June 2014 scoring sessions, more than 12,500 AP readers evaluate more than 4.2 million exams.

Dr. Cummings has been attending the AP Reading since 2004 and Prof. Juarez-Cummings since 2005, grading thousands of high school AP exams during this time. “Participating in said readings is an enriching experience,” said Dr. Cummings. “It allows professors to learn of new approaches in creating and grading Spanish essays and language exams. This training, in return, benefits the Spanish program at Wells.”

“We become acquainted with the latest rubrics and the latest trends in Spanish language instruction at both the high school and college level,” said Prof. Juarez-Cummings.

AP readers are high school and college educators who represent many of the world’s leading academic institutions. “The reading draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers and professors that the world has to offer,” said Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President, AP and Instruction at the College Board. “It fosters professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas, and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching. We are very grateful for the contributions of talented educators like Professors Cummings and Juarez-Cummings.”

The Advanced Placement Program enables academically-prepared students to pursue college-level studies—with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both—while still in high school. Through AP courses in 34 subjects, each culminating in a rigorous exam, students learn to analyze complex problems, construct solid arguments, and see many sides of an issue – skills that prepare them for college and beyond.

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