All eyes were on the screen as West Genesee High School teacher Rob Leo showed his students Pepsi commercials from around the world.
Leo teaches the tenth grade Advanced Placement world history class. His students were learning about globalization by watching the video clips Leo posted on Blackboard, a Web-based course management system.
The subject is one of the last in the unit "1914 to the present." Leo recently finished preparing his syllabus for a submission to the College Board, a nonprofit association that created the AP program in the 1950s.
"The College Board is conducting an audit of all AP teachers across the country to make sure students are receiving a quality education," said Jennifer Topiel, spokeswoman for the College Board. "The number of AP courses in the nation has doubled in the last decade."
me schools began slapping the "Advanced Placement" brand on classes the program does not offer, like woodworking and journalism.
"After taking the exam, students may choose whether or not to send their AP scores to colleges," said West Genesee's academic dean, Valerie Koll. "Also, seniors' scores are not sent out until after they are admitted to college. This has made it difficult for colleges to know whether the AP courses listed on students' transcripts have the same stanbBoard."
"[The audit] is basically a way for the college board to ensure that all these new AP classes that are popping up all over the country are actually AP," Topiel said. "At West Genesee High School, 16 teachers teach 12 AP courses."
The teachers were given an 18-month notice to submit their course syllabi, which include detailed information, such as what the students are expected to learn and their reading and writing assignments. Each submission is judged by a professor from the field relating to the AP course.