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Elizabeth Steele Samerdyke selected to participate in advanced placement program reading

Elizabeth Samerdyke, coordinator for Advising, Retention and Assessment at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, was selected for a fifth consecutive year to participate in the College Board’s Annual Advanced Placement Reading.

Each June, advanced placement teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather to evaluate and score free-response sections of the advanced placement exams. During the scoring sessions, more than 12,500 advanced placement readers evaluate 4.2 million exams.

Samerdyke, also a U.S. history instructor, initially became interested in the process so that she could better help students.

“I really wanted to be able to help the College be better prepared for holistic assessment,” said Samerdyke. “It was my role in assessment rather than my training as a historian that led me to do it. I really value the opportunity and I have learned a ton every year.”

The annual eight-day reading event, held earlier in June in Louisville, Ky., presented a unique opportunity for academic dialogue between educators.

“The reading draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers and professors that the world has to offer,” said Trevor Packer, senior vice president, Advanced Placement and Instruction at the College Board. “It fosters professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas, and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching. We are very grateful for the contributions of talented educators like Elizabeth Samerdyke.”

The Advanced Placement Program enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies – with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both – while still in high school.