History professor serving as AP history exam’s chief reader
As chief reader, Craig A. Miller, associate professor of history/political science and department head for social sciences & humanities, participates in developing, reviewing and approving all test content for the World History: Modern AP exam and is responsible for managing the scoring of the exam.
“I enjoy the AP work because it’s challenging and engaging on multiple levels,” Miller said. “As chief reader, I’m responsible for the logistics of managing the scoring of hundreds of thousands of exams and over 1,000 graders and leaders. I also get to work throughout the year with high school and college faculty to review test content, which is both a great networking opportunity and a chance to ‘talk shop’ with fellow historians. Lastly, part of my role is to work with high school teachers on developing best pedagogical strategies to teach the content to their students.”
This year, there were over 300,000 AP world history exams, about 40% of which were graded on-site in Kansas City, with the rest graded online.
The AP exams are offered by the College Board, a private, nonprofit organization that develops and administers standardized tests and curricula to high school students to prepare them for college success and opportunity.
Miller has worked with the College Board for 15 years, serving as a grader for eight years and as a question leader for six years; this is his first year as chief reader.
Dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education, the College Board is a membership organization comprising more than 6,000 of the world’s educational institutions. Each year, over 7 million students participate in College Board services.
A faculty member at Penn College since 2011, Miller holds a doctoral degree in American Indian history, history of the Atlantic world, constitutional and legal history from the University of Buffalo, where he also earned a master’s in colonial history. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from SUNY Geneseo. Miller’s professional research interests include the history of war, political economy and legal history.
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