Daniel Rong, Special Correspondent
Advanced Placement (AP) testing over the past two weeks has affected the normal school schedule, with test-takers missing classes, the announcements occurring at odd times, and the library being closed.
Opinions on these disruptions have varied, with some feeling minimally impacted and others feeling annoyed.
“It doesn’t really affect my schedule much at all. If you are smart enough to be in an AP class, missing 1-2 classes isn’t really a big deal,” said junior Tabor Beaudry. “I like the library but it isn’t my personal favorite place to be. And who listens to announcements anyways?”
However, teachers tend to feel the effects of AP testing on the school schedule more than students. Math department teacher Mrs. Nolan said that when students are missing from classes due to AP testing, she finds it “inconvenient” because she is “unable to move forward” and needs to spend the period giving review material or extra practice.
Mrs. Nolan also found the odd timing of the announcements “frustrating” because it was “disruptive to classes.” She suggested that announcements could instead be posted somewhere in the building or be given to teachers during AP testing weeks.
Mrs. Kelley, the department leader of Guidance and the AP Coordinator, said that she strives to limit the effects of AP testing on the school, but since the College Board dictates the starting times and dates of the tests, she must work around that as best as possible.
Mrs. Harwich, another member of the Guidance department, said that she tries to minimize the time that the library has to be closed by using other rooms such as the Computer Lab. However, she added that it sometimes requires a teacher to change rooms for up to three periods, making the decision a toss-up between affecting the whole school slightly by closing the library and affecting a few classes rather significantly.
“We need to keep in mind how it affects everyone in the building,” said Mrs. Harwich. She added that the athletic department and the cafeteria also need to be notified due to test takers leaving the school after 3:00 on afternoon tests or having to go to a different lunch block in order to take the test.
The rooms that are chosen for the test are based on a number of factors, such as the number of students taking the test, the availability of proctors, and any accommodations that students might require, according to Mrs. Harwich.
Out of the 960 students at Holliston High School, 148 students took a total of 238 AP Tests this year.