Colleen Sharkey | May 13, 2020
Many high school seniors were looking forward to proms and graduations this year, but many were also busy preparing for the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Offered in a variety of subjects from art to advanced mathematics, the exams are an assessment tool that can result in college credit if students’ scores are high enough. This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, students will take the exams online at home. University of Notre Dame psychology professor Ying (Alison) Cheng is determined to help students preparing for the AP statistics test.
Cheng’s AP-CAT platform, developed with funding from the National Science Foundation, has been operational since 2017. AP-CAT is a tool that allows teachers to assess their students’ skills in statistics and gives students the opportunity to get feedback on their performance. After teaching a statistics unit, teachers can choose specific knowledge points within the AP-CAT platform that they want to test their students on and the platform will create a customized exam to assess aptitude in those areas. They can also choose from ready-made quizzes. The platform contains around 800 questions that cover more than 150 knowledge points in AP statistics, about half of which were developed with the assistance of 30 high school teachers in Indiana.
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