Will You Look At That? Two Perfect Scores on AP Calculus
One student, Nick Porter at Kentridge High in Kent, got one of those perfect scores. From the Times (bold mine):
And neither student is at a charter school or homeschooled. Could it be that there are good public schools with great teachers? Apparently so.
Well, Nick Porter was one of 12 students worldwide to earn all 108 points possible on the calculus AB exam, which covers what’s in a first-semester college class. About 302,530 students took the exam, which lasted 3 hours and 15 minutes.
Two years ago, another student at the same Kent high school was one of eight people worldwide with a perfect score. So what are the odds that two students from the same high school both receive near-impossible scores within two years of each other?
About 90 percent of Kentridge calculus students pass the exam, which means they receive a score of 3 or higher.A student in LA, Cedrick Argueta, a senior at Lincoln High School in Lincoln Heights, was one of the other students in the world that had a perfect score. From the LA Times:
It turned out that Cedrick, the son of a Salvadoran maintenance worker and a Filipina nurse, had scored perfectly on his Advanced Placement Calculus exam.
Math has always just made sense to him, he said. He appreciates the creativity of it, the different methods you can take to solve a problem.About his teacher:
“There’s also some beauty in it being absolute,” Cedrick said. “There’s always a right answer.”
On Wednesday, Cedrick hung out in the classroom of his calculus teacher, Anthony Yom, which is decked out with signs that say “Mathlife” and a picture of Homer Simpson.
All 21 of Yom’s AP Calculus students who took the exam last year passed; 17 got the highest score of 5. It was the third year in a row that all of Yom’s kids passed the test.From their school profile:
“I think they don’t want to disappoint each other,” Yom said. “Talent can only take you so far. These kids put in so many hours.”
Abraham Lincoln High School receives Title 1 funds, approximately 90% of students participate in the federal school meal program.
Abraham Lincoln High School is an urban high school that serves a diverse population, including a relatively large number of students from low and marginal income families. 73.9% of Lincoln’s students identify as Latino or Hispanic; 22% identify as Asian; 1% identify as African American, and 1% identify as other.