AP students falling behind thanks to snow days

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INDIANAPOLIS – The number of school snow delays and cancellations so far this winter has put central Indiana students behind and has created an even bigger problem for those students taking Advanced Placement classes.

The tests required for AP classes, which allow high school students to get college credit, will not move because of snow days and that’s created a headache for students like Yorktown High School senior Hannah Carpenter. She and some of her friends told Fox 59 they are several days behind on their material.

“With all of these snow delays and everything, we’re already at least 2 to 2 1/2 weeks behind in our AP Calculus class,” said Carpenter.

“We’re all trying to like cram in as much information as we can,” added senior Kaylee Birtch.

Leaders at districts across the state are trying to figure out how to help AP students catch up on missed material before the May exams.

“We are exploring our options,” said IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis Ferebee. “While we’ve identified make up days, it may be that we designate additional learning time for the students that are in those courses. We may ask them to come in for a couple of Saturdays to get caught back up.”

While that may sound frustrating, it might be the only realistic option on the table and one that Carpenter and her friends are open to at their district.

“We just really want to make sure we get enough information and learning in before the AP test comes so we can get those extra credits for college,” said Carpenter.

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