Aug 09 2007

A year behind and a year ahead in AP Economics

Published by at 10:27 pm under AP Economics

While you, my students, enjoy your last week of summer, I, your teacher, am beginning once more to think about how to make this a productive, interesting, and enjoyable year of learning economics. While I was in exile on the beaches of Bali, the mountains of Northern Idaho, and the islands of Canada’s Barkley Sound this summer, I rarely found the time (or electricity) to log on and read the comments you’ve added over the summer. Today, however, with my return to the world of wireless, I had some time to read the comments you’ve been posting to this blog, and I have to say I am VERY impressed with the understanding and knowledge expressed in my future students’ contributions to this blog over the last few weeks! Most of the comments made on the last few posts were made by students who have never studied economics, yet the insights and discussions that have been shared are at a level beyond what I would expect most 17 year olds to achieve.

This is a good sign. I have a feeling the 2007-2008 AP Economics students at SAS are going to be a very successful group. But to give you an idea of the caliber of last year’s group, I thought I would share the results of the AP exams they took in May. Here’s the run-down for you, so you know what you have to achieve this year to really impress me! 32 students sat for the Macro and the Micro exams. Here’s their results.

On the Macro exam:
5’s – 13
4’s – 13logo_college_board1.jpg
3’s – 3
2’s – 3
1’s – 0

On the Micro exam:
5’s – 18
4’s – 10
3’s – 4
2’s – 0
1’s – 0

Percentage of exams earning a 5: 48.4%
Percentage of exams scoring a 4 or 5: 84.4%
Percentage of exams earning a passing score: 95.3%

There you have it folks. If you were part of last year’s class, CONGRATULATIONS!! If you’re about to begin AP Econ with Mr. Welker this year, good luck. I do think this will be a great year and that by next may you guys will be able to earn even higher scores than last year’s group! I look forward to meeting you all on Thursday!

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About the author:  Jason Welker teaches International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement Economics at Zurich International School in Switzerland. In addition to publishing various online resources for economics students and teachers, Jason developed the online version of the Economics course for the IB and is has authored two Economics textbooks: Pearson Baccalaureate’s Economics for the IB Diploma and REA’s AP Macroeconomics Crash Course. Jason is a native of the Pacific Northwest of the United States, and is a passionate adventurer, who considers himself a skier / mountain biker who teaches Economics in his free time. He and his wife keep a ski chalet in the mountains of Northern Idaho, which now that they live in the Swiss Alps gets far too little use. Read more posts by this author

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