BY JESSICA SCHEIN
ONLINE GRAPHIC DESIGNER
For the first time, the End of Course (EOC) exam for U.S. American History has become mandatory this testing year for AP students enrolled in the AP U.S. American History class. Honors and AP students will be taking the exam on April 25. By taking this EOC, students come one step closer to scholar recognition on their standard high school diplomas. The other needed items for this recognition are: EOCs for Algebra II and Biology, two credits in the same foreign language, and at least one credit in an AP, IB, or AICE course.
“It was the school’s decision to make AP U.S. American History students take it,” assistant principal Marianela Estripeaut said. “We did not realize or think about the AP students taking the EOC until the beginning of this year, but most high schools in the area are having their AP students take the EOC.”
Assistant principal Jeff Nelson, who is a part of the administrative team helping with the end of the year testing, believes that the EOC will show the hard work the students and teachers have put into the class.
“There is a team concept that exists at Cypress Bay High School,” Mr. Nelson said. “When taking the EOC exam, AP students will do exceptionally well, as will all of our students, which will be a reflection of how well this school is doing, as well as our dedicated teachers.”
AP U.S. American History teacher Eric Adzima said he recognizes the AP U.S. American History students are a strong crowd of students, but has mixed feelings about their taking the EOC.
“On the one side, I recognize that it is an additional test at the height of the study season. In that respect, it serves as a bit of a distraction,” Mr. Adzima said. “However, the EOC test has an upside, giving the AP students a chance to work with a test that will allow them to work with primary documents.”
Mr. Nelson said he believes all of the students tested will go into the test with a positive attitude.
“I know they will try their hardest,” Mr. Nelson said. “They love this school and they appreciate their teachers and the great job they do. Everyone is dedicated and we know that this is a hard time of year.”
Mr. Adzima said he has not heard much feedback from his students about having to take both the EOC and the AP exam.
“No kid enjoys taking extra tests,” he said. “But I haven’t heard any revolutionary upheavals over it.”