State Rep. Ultrino Visits Students at School Saturday Study Session

Melrose, MA – With Advanced Placement exams approaching fast in May, State Representative Steven Ultrino stopped by  Melrose High School on Saturday, March 28th to support students and teachers from Malden, who had gathered with other area students and teachers to prepare for science exams, which could provide them with credits towards college courses.

Malden High School has partnered with Mass Insight Education to implement their Advanced Placement STEM Program for the last five years.  The program offers three Saturday Study Sessions per school year, including a session with a mock exam, which students are encouraged to attend. Students meet at a school within their regional cluster and work with teachers and peers from other schools who are taking the same AP subject to review course material in preparation for the AP exams in May.

These study sessions challenge teachers to present material they have already taught in a different way, and to a variety of students from different schools. The review sessions provide both professional development for teachers and new perspectives for students on lessons they have previously learned. Thinking about the same subject in a different manner helps prepare the students for exams that may involve critical thinking and refresh their memory on material from early in the year.

All AP courses offered culminate in a May exam designed to measure each student’s mastery of the subject. Exams are graded on a scale of 1-5, with scores of 3, 4 and 5 considered passing or “qualifying” scores.  More than 90 percent of four-year colleges in the United States and colleges in more than 60 other countries give students credit, advanced placement or both on the basis of AP Exam scores.

Left to Right: Julie Shea, Science Department Head, Melrose HS; Amy Johnson, Science Director, Mass Insight Education; Dr. Diane Perito, STEM Director, Malden Public Schools