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Written by Mitch Maersch   
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 20:28

Cedar Grove-Belgium looks to expand AP offerings next year after making honor roll

The Cedar Grove-Belgium School District was one of 23 districts in the state named to the national Advanced Placement Honor Roll, and high school principal Josh Ketterhagen wants to expand the college-level offerings.

AP classes are designed to use college-level material, and tests at the end of the school year allow students to earn college credit if they obtain certain scores.

To make the honor roll, participation in AP exams from 2014 to 2016 must have increased by 11% in small school districts; minority participation must have increased or been maintained; and the percentage of students scoring a three on AP tests (scored on a five-point scale) must have improved or been maintained at a 70% level.

Across the country, 433 districts made the honor roll.

Ketterhagen presented course changes planned for next year at this month’s School Board meeting.

Advanced U.S. History is being changed to AP U.S. History, after teacher Jordan Hoeppner’s application was approved by the College Board, which administers AP classes.

AP Language could be added after teacher Carol Schumacher applies to the College Board this summer, after she attends a conference on the teaching class.

Teacher Jon Hess is working on an application to change advanced biology to AP Biology.

The additions would bring the high school’s AP offerings to six: literature, world history, U.S. history, calculus, language and biology.

Physics and chemistry could be added as well, Ketterhagen said.

Board president Chad Hoopman said he liked the plan to expand AP offerings, especially given the chance to earn college credit.

“It certainly adds value to the education you’re getting,” he said.

Other course changes include changing two Microsoft Office classes into computer apps and advanced computer apps; changing Adobe Dreamweaver into web design fundamentals; adding a computer science class; and consolidating some English classes into American literature, world literature and British literature.

Other additional offerings are being examined, including adding a family and consumer science course that could combine culinary skills with marketing and possibly run a Rocket Cafe; and adding computer science, music and physical education classes.

 
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