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Gerald O'Connor

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Thirty-five River City APUSH students passed the AP US History exam, nearly half of all students who took the test in May. Both the total number and the percentage pass rate are records for APUSH classes at River City.

Three students received a top score of "5" (Highly Qualified); eight students scored a "4" (Well Qualified); and 24 students scored a "3" (Qualified). Of the 75 students who took the exam, 46% passed.

Our previous best passing rate was in 2008 (42.1%). Our previous high number of passing scores was 31 in 2013. Congratulations to all of my students -- you've set a high bar for next year!

A breakdown of scores, including results and analysis from past years, can be found on my APUSH Exam Scores and Archives page.



Responding to teacher feedback after the 2016 exams, College Board has announced modifications to the Advanced Placement exams for European History, US History, and World History (River City does not offer AP World).

Among the changes:

  • Students will have 10 more minutes to answer the DBQ and Long Essay questions;
  • Periodization and Synthesis are no longer listed as course skills, and the synthesis point has been removed from the DBQ and Long Essay scoring rubric
  • The focus on the DBQ will be drawn from years 1600-2001 in AP Euro and 1754-1980 in APUSH.
  • The required number of Short-Answer Questions to answer has been reduced from four to three, with a choice between two for the final SAQ;
  • Students will have 10 fewer minutes to answer the SAQ questions (40 minutes);

For more information, see the College Board announcements here:

2017-18 AP History Changes

AP US History About the Exam Student Page

AP European History About the Exam Student Page


The pre-course assignment will be due after the course has begun in January. There are no fall sections of AP US History. To find the pre-course assignment (or "summer assignment") go to https://goo.gl/jevdrA.


Premieres Sunday Sept. 17


American Experience on PBS



Watch an appraisal of a Rockwell portrait on Antiques Roadshow

Antiques Roadshow brought their appraisers to Boston, and Melinda was ready with paintings by Norman Rockwell that featured her as a child. Also, wait until the end to see how much the chair is valued at! 


Contact Mr. O'Connor

You can contact Mr. O'Connor through his school email address at goconnor(at)wusd.k12.ca.us or by phone at (916) 375-7800.

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