Despite K-12 education being turned upside down as a pandemic closed the doors of many U.S. schools and lent learning into the hands of technology in the middle of the spring semester, College Board’s Advanced Placement exams didn’t falter.
AP students wanting to earn college credit continued their studies from home to prepare for a new online format of the exam. While technology is typically turned off and buried in student backpacks during AP testing, Proximity Learning Chinese teacher Hsin-wei Grace Chang said she had students take the AP Chinese exam on their cell phones this past spring.
As a teacher for online education company Proximity learning, Chang had been teaching her AP Chinese students online since the start of the school year. When schools closed due to COVID-19, her students were already familiar with the enriched live instruction model. 79% of Chang’s students said there wasn’t any noticeable change in their online learning experience with her when they transitioned to learning from home, according to an anonymous student survey conducted by Proximity Learning.
“It is my favorite class,” said one of Chang’s students in their survey response. “Learning is going well as always.”