- ISBE has refreshed its comprehensive guidance document with all of this information, as well as updated guidance on driver’s education, nutrition, flexibility in expending grant funds, and Early Childhood Block Grant recipients providing child care to the children of essential workers. View the comprehensive guidance at www.isbe.net/Documents/FAQ-3-27-20.pdf
AP EXAM INFORMATION
For the 2019-20 exam administration only, students can take a 45-minute online exam at home. Educator-led development committees are currently selecting the exam questions that will be administered. Students will be able to take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to— computer, tablet, or smartphone. Details are available online.
The College Board will conduct standard-setting processes to set appropriately rigorous cut scores for AP scores of 3, 4, and 5.
AP curricula are locally developed, and the College Board will defer to local decisions on how best to help students complete coursework. To be fair to all students, some of whom have lost more instructional time than others, the exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March.
- Beginning yesterday, students and schools have access to free, live AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These daily lessons focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. Hosted on the AP YouTube channel, these lessons will be recorded and available on-demand so teachers and students can access them any time.
According to information from ISBE, the exam questions are designed in ways that prevent academic dishonesty using a range of digital security tools and techniques, including plagiarism detection software to protect the integrity of the exams.
NOTE TO THE CLASS OF 2020
I know this is not the way that any of us envisioned your senior year wrapping up. You have all worked hard and are now trying to process interrupted senior year traditions and plans to celebrate your accomplishments together. But I continue to be amazed and inspired by your sense of humor, your creativity and your resilience.
This too shall pass, and your generation will lead from this challenge with a sense of community forged through adversity. Our relationships to one another give us our purpose. I have no doubt that out of this moment, you will innovate and rise to meet future challenges defined by your shared experiences.
We are all anxious for life to return to normal, but when that will be depends on what we do now to bend the curve and slow the spread of this pandemic. See yourself as the future leaders you are and protect one another by staying home and doing your part.
Above all, we are proud of you.
Now is the time to complete the 2020 Census. It’s online — no personal contact necessary! If you have not received your invitation to complete the Census for your household, please call our office. Representation and federal dollars for our schools and communities are on the line. EVERYONE COUNTS, AND WE MUST ALL BE COUNTED.