I am excited for another year in AP Environmental Science! My main goal this year is for you to earn at least a 3 on the AP exam on Monday, May 11, 2020 @ 12:00 PM and earn valuable college credit. Of course, I hope you also learn quite a bit about how scientists study the natural world to develop solutions to environmental issues.
Starting with the 2019-2020 school year, the College Board has restructured the APES exam and course ojectives, with a larger emphasis on science practices. I am looking forward to helping you achieve these objectives. One big change that everyone is excited about: students can use calculators on the AP Exam now! This means you can also use them in class (previously students were not allowed to use them and had to re-learn long division, etc.)!
The College Board has identified the following science practices to be incorporated into an APES course:
Exam Weighting (Multiple-Choice Section)
Exam Weighting (Free-Response Section)
|1. Concept Explanation||Explain environmental concepts, processes, and models presented in written format||30%–38%||13%–20%|
|2. Visual Representations||Analyze visual representations of environmental concepts and processes||12%–19%||6%–10%|
|3. Text Analysis||Analyze sources of information about environmental issues||6%–8%||Not assessed in free-response section.|
|4. Scientific Experiments||Analyze research studies that test environmental principles||2%–4%||10%–14%|
|5. Data Analysis||Analyze and interpret quantitative data represented in tables, charts, and graphs||12%–19%||6%–10%|
|6. Mathematical Routines||Apply quantitative methods to address environmental concepts||6%–9%||20%|
|7. Environmental Solutions||Propose and justify solutions to environmental problems||17%–23%||26%–34%|
We will be using Google Classroom and AP Classroom extensively. Be prepared to think and work hard!!
**Please use "APES Daily Schedule" link to the left for in-class activities, out-of-class activities, related science practices, and upcoming quizzes and tests. It may be wise to bookmark it as I will be updating it as we go through the year.