Charge of the AP Grading Brigade
Mr. Riddick led the charge in grading methods for AP US History tests this summer. His success and experience as a teacher and grader has made him one of the most sought-after AP graders in the country.
The College Board assembles high school and college history teachers from around the country to grade 550,000 AP US History student exams taken in mid-May. This year the reading was held in Tampa, FL.
Mr. Riddick was asked to arrive a week early to help with the prereading of one of the exam questions. His team read over 1,000 student responses choosing several hundred responses to establish validity parameters for the graders.
The second week he was a Table Leader for a team of seven online graders. There were nine Table Leaders on this question each with a team eight graders. These Teams read and graded 280,000 student responses.
"The AP grading is a terrific experience, which allows teachers to meet and talk with colleagues, and learn new and exciting ways to teach US History. For example, I sat next to a college professor everyday, and she was always willing to share her experiences, methods, and strategies on providing the finest student and classroom experiences. Another APUSH teacher and I spent part of our free time designing new question rubrics that our students will use next year when writing sample essays in preparation for the 2019 exam," commented Mr. Riddick.
Of course, Mr. Riddick took in some local culture while in Tampa--one night dining at the the famous Columbia Cafe in Ybor City, a Cuban-Italian neighborhood. He also explored the diverse shopping in the city.