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Local Educator Selected to Participate in Advanced Placement Program Reading in Calculus

Gary Gookaker of Caldwell County was recently selected to participate in the College Boards Annual Advanced Placement Program Reading in Kansas, Mo.

The Advanced Placement Program (AP), which consists of 36 courses in a wide variety of subject areas, selects AP teachers and college faculty from around the world to gather in the United States each June to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP Exams. In June 2015, approximately 13,700 college faculty and AP teachers evaluated and scored about 20 million free-response answers.

Goodaker, a mathematics professor at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, was selected to be an AP Reader in Calculus.

AP Readers are high school and college educators who represent many of the worlds leading academic institutions. The AP Reading is a unique forum in which an academic dialogue between educators is both fostered and encouraged.

The AP Program's acknowledged success is due to an evaluation and scoring process that reflects the high standards of faculty members who, by virtue of their experience and expertise, have the appropriate student performance expectations within their respective disciplines, said Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President, AP and Instruction at the College Board.

The Advanced Placement Program (AP) enables willing and 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, 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. Students, their high schools and prospective colleges receive AP score reports each July.

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