Dr. Eduardo Cabrera, Millikin University professor of Spanish and chair of the modern languages department, has been selected as the Chief Reader Designate for the Advanced Placement (AP) Spanish Literature and Culture program and exam.
Cabrera was chosen for this highly regarded position by the leaders of the College Board and the Educational Testing Service after working with the AP Spanish Literature program for several years.
“I have been working for the College Board for many years as a Reader and I was in charge of scoring exams and supervising faculty in that function,” remarked Cabrera. “The most important thing for those that work for the College Board is to be consistent with rubrics, rules, and ways of grading. However, it’s important for everyone to grade with the same system created by the College Board and the Education Testing Service. It will be a wonderful experience – most faculty representatives believe that this is the most important faculty development activity that they can do.”
Cabrera will play a critical role in the preparation of the course description and exam for AP Spanish Literature and Culture. He will be part of a team that represents a diversity of knowledge and points of view in their fields and, as a group, are the authority when it comes to making subject-matter decisions in the exam-construction process. The AP programs represent a unique collaboration between high school and college educators.
“I work with many people on the national level to develop good rubrics, to be consistent, and grade logically,” said Cabrera. “This is what we work for in our profession, and many faculty members research and work in different capacities to achieve this position.”
After spending time as an AP Reader, Cabrera was promoted to AP Table Leader where he was in charge of how Readers score their papers, and then was promoted to Question Leader. Cabrera is currently in his first year of training as the Chief Reader Designate for the AP Spanish Literature and Culture program and exam.
“One of the key aspects of working with the College Board is faculty development,” remarked Cabrera. “It not only implies scoring exams but it also involves learning from many other faculty members. These are faculty members who are not only in the U.S. but also abroad. AP courses are taught in many countries, so I have the opportunity to work with faculty members from Spain, El Salvador, Argentina, Mexico and other countries.”
The College Board is dedicated to educational opportunity and achievement. It ensures every student in the United States has access to a high-quality education and is prepared to succeed in college. The College Board provides resources to help students connect with and successfully complete a high-quality college education.
“I couldn’t believe that I was selected because this is such a unique position,” remarked Cabrera. “The Education Testing Service nominated me following a one-year process before being interviewed. It’s a very high honor to be named into this position because it has a lot of responsibility.”
As part of his responsibilities Cabrera will be in charge of providing an overview of the exam, including detailed information on how students can prepare for the exam. He will also provide information on how exam questions can be improved as well as approving the new Reader’s Application and approving facilities. The AP Spanish Literature and Culture exam is currently held in Cincinnati, Ohio.
“I will be learning so many things and the neat aspect is that we will be working with college professors and high school teachers,” remarked Cabrera. “We will know how students are prepared at the high school level. It’s a wonderful learning experience for college professors because we will know how to help the students with their transition from high school to college. That’s one of the more important learning experiences.”