Each June, educators from across the world gather to score Advanced Placement examinations. Though part of the exam is multiple choice questions scored by Scantron machines, the “open-ended” essays, equations, and problems are scored by educators from both the secondary and post-secondary levels.
This year was my fifth time scoring essays for the AP English Language and Composition exam, and it was nothing short of a fulfilling professional development experience.
Approximately 530,000 students nationwide sat for this exam this year, which meant a total of 1.5 million essays. Roughly 1,500 readers had one week to score them all.
Even though I barely could stomach the name of Cesar Chavez by the conclusion of the week — I scored 2,500 essays! — the experience of working with several thousand knowledgeable and accomplished educators as well as having my own accomplishments in education validated more than compensates the trip. Although it is a grueling seven days of sitting in a giant room reading and scoring essays, the conversations and lessons that I learn and have learned from seasoned educators are priceless.