By Lily Munsee
As of Friday, September 16th, Novato High School no longer requires AP students to take the AP test in order to get a grade bump. The district refused to approve the requirement to take the AP test last week.
For the first time, Novato High decided to make the AP tests mandatory in order for students in AP classes to receive a grade bump to their final grades this year. On Friday, however, this rule was revoked due to a lack of support from the district. This stems from the financial concerns of paying for the families who could not afford the test fees.
“If they require it, they have to be willing to pay for it,” said Marti Sheer, the AP statistics teacher at NHS. “And they’re not ready to do that for all these AP tests.”
Sheer does not feel her classes will be affected by this rule change.
“I’m still teaching to the AP test,” said Sheer when discussing the possible consequences of no longer requiring the AP students to take the test.
The reaction of the majority of students at NHS has been a positive one, as many appreciate having the ability to choose the AP tests they will be taking at the end of the year.
“As far as the students go, they love it,” continued Sheer.
Sheer’s Point of view on this subject was supported by the students interviewed.
“Once it (the required AP testing) was revoked, there was a light weight of stress removed for me,” said NHS Senior and AP student Sabrina Lechner.
“Most people know I am a triplet, so I have two other siblings enrolled in ap classes,” continued Lechner. “If the district forced us to take all of the tests which we are enrolled in, my siblings and I combined would be taking twelve ap tests and paying about $1,104.”
Overall, the district’s choice to revert back to the former rule of optional AP testing while still receiving a grade bump appears to have been received well, and has had minimal negative consequences.
“Whether they take the AP test at the end or not,” said Sheer, “they're still getting the same level of education.”