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Cape Continued from page 10 the matter was placed on the school board agenda as a voting item Aug. 9. Board members Pete Coveleski and Noble Prettyman voted with Camilla Conlon in support of her motion to have all students who take AP courses receive the same grade weighting without regard to whether they take the test. The motion required four votes to pass. Spencer Brittingham, who spoke in strong support of the .motion since it was raised at the June 14 meeting, was absent Aug. 9. Brittingham is a sergeant first class with the U.S. Army Reserves in Lewes and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. Board members and district representa- tives have for several months been aware Brittingham would be serving with the Reserves through September and would not be pres- ent at either of the August board meetings. Surprises and deadlocks Board member Stell Parker Selby surprised many by abstain- ing, after supporting equal grade weighting in public statements made to the board and the public over two months. Selby first stat- ed she was confused about the issues and later said she wanted time to discuss the matter with students who had taken AP cOurs- es before she makes a decision. "I had to talk to more AP stu- dents about it. I don't want to leave the students out of the loop," said Selby during an inter- view Monday, Aug. 20. Regarding the eight-week delay in speaking to the students, she said other matters required her attention. Board member Allan Redden, who joins board President Gary Wray as a staunch supporter of the position that stu- dents who take the national AP exam should be given higher gnide weighting, made a compro- mise motion at the Aug. 9 meeting that would give AP students who did not take the exam less grade weighting than those who do but more than those students who take honors courses. Despite holding the motion open for an extended period of time, it failed for lack of a second. "I'm not sur- prised it's coming up again because the matter is not resolved," said Redden Aug. 20. "We're not trying to penalize the students who don't take the exam; we're regarding those who do." Prettyman remains equally adamant that there should be no difference in grade weighting. "The rigor is in the classroom, not in taking the exam for possible college credit," Prettyman said. "Taking the exam should not be mandated or penalized." Statistics and laws According to information pro- vided by Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction Michael Kelley, the Cape district probably has far more students taking the AP exams than other Delaware schools. After promot- ing the test and agreeing to pay for all testing fees, the district had enough students take the exam to earn it a place on a Newsweek list of schools with the highest per- centage of exams given in the United States. However, while 50 percent of Delaware students tak- ing AP exams in 2006 earned a score qualifying them for possible college credit, only 33 percent of Cape's students earned a qualify- ing score. In 2007 Cape's per- centage of qualifying scores dropped to 29. As the Nadigs appeared at the past five school board meetings presenting rea- sons why the grade weight should be equal for all AP students, Kelley, Wray and Superintendent George Stone have presented their reasons why students taking exam should receive favored treatment. Among arguments presented in support of higher weighting for students taking the exam are data showing students who take the test and do not make a qualifying sore of 3 through 5 still do better in college courses, and some col- lege admissions officers do not consider AP test scores for put- Continued on page 14 STYLE IS NOTHING without comforL Iblb  TODAY! J--COMFORT,00, m CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, August 21 - Thursday, August 23, 2007 - 11 BUILD the BEST FOUR SEASONS S U N l O. 0 M S . Independently Owned S' Operated I pecial', $1000 Rebate I onthe purchase ! of a sunroom. ! I Cannot be combined with any other offer. Expires 9/28/07 il l l ii i i i I i lib tofit YOUR Lifemle styles to Call today for a FREE in-home estimate. .... HI H  Eastern Home Improvements, Inc.. 3112 Lancaster Ave. Wilmington, DE 19805 302-655.9920 800-436-1528 Showroom Hours: Monday- Friday 9 - 5 Saturday 10 - 1 www. DelawareSu nrooms, com ONLY AUTHORIZED DEALER FOR STATE OF DELAWARE Financing Available