Monday, August 24, 2015

New AP Exam Credit Law Started at Stevenson

Illinois students will have more opportunities to earn college credit for their scores on Advanced Placement exams under a law signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner in mid-August. The law is based on legislation first drafted by Stevenson Social Studies teachers and students in the Political Action Club.

The new law brings uniformity to the granting of credit based on AP exam scores, which are scored on a scale of 1 to 5. Some Illinois colleges required a 4 or 5 for credit, while others granted credit for as low as a 2. The new law requires all public colleges and universities to grant credit for AP exam scores of 3 or higher. Colleges will be allowed to determine what type of credit they grant.

Illinois is the 15th state to enact a law requiring public universities to grant college credit to any student who receives an AP exam score of 3 or higher.

In addition to seeking consistency in granting credit for AP exam scores, the Stevenson contingent that drafted the legislation also had other goals in mind. They believed it would keep the state’s best students in Illinois, rather than attending schools in other states that would offer credit for AP scores. They also argued that a change would make higher education more affordable by reducing the need to take a college course already covered by the AP program, and would also provide an incentive for high schools to offer AP courses. A final purpose behind the legislation was to improve equity for minority students. Fifty-six percent of African-American students earn a 3 on AP exams, and 45% of Hispanics. Almost half of low-income students taking AP exams (46%) earn a 3 or better.

“For years, we’ve watched Stevenson seniors graduate and take their AP credits to universities in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and Minnesota which give fair credit for all AP exam scores of 3 and higher,” said AP Government teacher Andrew Conneen. “With the governor signing this legislation, every public university and community college in Illinois will now review their AP credit policies and offer more fair credit to successful AP students.”

Special Schedule on Thursday

Stevenson will follow a special schedule on Thursday. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be taking EXPLORE, PLAN and practice ACT tests at 8 a.m. After the testing is finished, the school will operate on a late arrival day schedule, with classes starting at 10:30. Seniors do not need to report to school until their first class. Regular bus service will be provided for grades 9-11, while two bus runs will cover all routes for seniors starting at 9:20. Click here for more details.

Band Parents Fundraiser at Potbelly’s Wednesday

The SHS Band Parents Organization is having a fundraiser at Potbelly, 1520 W. Lake Cook Road, in Wheeling from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday. Potbelly will donate 25% of sales during the three-hour fundraiser to the BPO.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Golf

Stevenson at Prospect Invitational: The Patriots finished fifth with a score of 366 at The Bridges of Poplar Creek, behind New Trier (313), St. Charles North (315), Glenbrook South (327) and Prospect (340). Myra Peterson led SHS with an 85 on the par-70 course, followed by Alexia Fidman (86), Olivia Stomberg (91) and Madeline Schaetzlein (102). – Daily Herald

5th Annual Night of Champions Set for September 4

The Athletic Department will recognize team and individual division, conference, Lake County, regional, sectional and state champions from the 2014-15 school year at its fifth annual Night of Champions event prior to the home football game against Homewood-Flossmoor on Friday, September 4.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Miss Saigon Auditions Today

Auditions for Miss Saigon, the 2015-16 school musical, will begin at 3:30 p.m. today in the Performing Arts Center. The audition packet is posted on the Theatre Department’s Auditions and Rehearsals page.

Sign Up for the Color Fun(d) Run

Registration is now available online for the 2015 ColorFun(d)Run! The 5k color blast run will be held Sunday, September 20 at 9 a.m. at Stevenson. Grab your friends, form a team and register today! Go to www.classy.org/shscolorfundrun to sign up! Registration online is encouraged, but you may also sign up at the color run registration table the week of August 31-September 4 during lunch hours in the Wood Commons.

Who’s Hiring? The West ILC and Superstore

The Superstore has openings available to sophomore, juniors or seniors during their lunch periods. Interested applicants should stop by the Superstore for more details. Also, the West ILC is hiring student aides to work throughout the school day. Come have fun and get paid! You must have either a free period or a study hall to be eligible.  Please see Mrs. Gorman in the upper West ILC to apply.

COLLEGE NEWS

“Write Stuff” for Seniors: Would you like some assistance with your college essay writing or personal statement? The College Counselors are holding “Write Stuff” essay workshops on the following dates:

  • Thursday at 9:30 a.m. (Late Arrival)
  • Tuesday, September 1 at 7:30 a.m. (Second Day of the Week)
  • Thursday, September 3 at 9:30 a.m. (Late Arrival)
  • Friday, September 11 at 9:30 a.m. (Late Arrival)

You only need to attend one workshop. This workshop will give direction and provide strategies for the use of the essay and/or personal statement in the admission process.  All workshops will be in the College/Career Center, Room 1123.

ATHLETICS

Are you thinking about joining a fall sports team? The last day to join a no-cut sport is Wednesday by 3:30 p.m. (The deadline has already passed to be part of a team with limited roster sizes.) Stop by the Athletic Office to find out how to join a team.

INTRAMURALS

The start of Intramural Golf is right around the corner. IM Golf meets on Tuesdays at the Vernon Hills Golf Course (transportation is provided). The informational meeting is at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 6066. We hope to see you there! For more information, visit the IM Golf web page.

The Stevenson Flag Football League informational meeting will be held at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2104. For more information visit the Stevenson Flag Football Page.

CLUB NEWS

Anime Club starts today! We will have a short informational meeting. Join us in Room 1414 at 3:30. Everyone is welcome!

Would you like to help create artwork for the Fine Arts posters and program covers? If so, please attend the Poster Design Club meeting in Room 6008 at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Grice at jgrice@d125.org.

Junior Class Board is getting geared up for Homecoming and will have its first meeting Thursday at 3:35 p.m. in Room 2004! All juniors are welcome to attend.

Table Tennis starts Thursday. The club meets almost every Thursday in the lower East Commons. Meetings run from 3:30 to approximately 6:30 p.m.

Chess Club starts Tuesday, September 1. The club meets almost every Tuesday and Thursday in Room 7022. Meetings run from 3:30 to approximately 5 p.m.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

New Illinois law requires colleges take steps to address sexual assault

District 103 seeks community input on facilities Wednesday night

University of Illinois faculty leaders request controversial professor be rehired

How lawmakers gave Chicago mayors ways to ruin CPS finances

Huntley High School debuts “library of the future”

Every District 214 student gets an iPad this year

Woodland District 50 expanding Wi-Fi access

Ex-CPS CEO confided in figure in federal probe, emails show

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

U.S. schools too focused on standardized testing, poll says

Colleges shift to using “big data” in admissions decisions

How the attempt to fix student loans got bogged down by the Education Dept.

New U. of Texas rules give campus presidents admissions authority

Lawmakers look to do away with optional kindergarten in California

Purdue’s analytics program gives students early warnings to keep them on track

How the world’s biggest education company will spend its next $2 billion

Legal showdown looms over the NCAA’s ban on paying athletes

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