For the 23 years running, the College Board has selected Red Bank Catholic AP Biology teacher and Science Department Chairperson Mrs. Mary Jane Davis to be a Reader for the AP Biology Exam. Each June, AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather in the United States to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP Exams.
AP Readers are high school and college educators who represent many of the world’s leading academic institutions. The AP Reading is a unique forum in which an academic dialogue between educators is both fostered and encouraged. “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, AP 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 Mary Jane Davis."
Mrs. Davis welcomes the opportunity each year. The most recent years were especially beneficial as she notes, “Participating in the read gives amazing insights into the AP Biology curriculum. Especially in light of the redesign of the course that was launched in 2012, working on the newly designed exam was essential to transitioning into the new curriculum. Networking with the university and other high school instructors is an invaluable resource as well.”
Mrs. Mary Jane Davis giving lab instructions to AP Biology students.