Bethany Art Professor Appointed to Chief Reader

BETHANY, W.Va. — Professor Herb Weaver, the Jennie Steindorf Renner Chair of Fine Arts at Bethany College, was recently appointed to fill the role of Chief Reader for the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) Examination in Studio Art. This position involves responsibility for the accurate assessment of the examination given to high school students who seek AP credit in the subject area of Studio Art.

Among other duties, Weaver is charged with guiding the development of fair scoring standards as well as ensuring the quality and consistency of the scoring while at the Reading, which will be conducted in Cincinnati, Ohio, in June 2010. Weaver has worked for the College Board and Educational Testing Service since 1997 when he began duties as a Reader (scorer) in Trenton, N.J.

“Working with the Advanced Placement Program has been one of the most rewarding work-related experiences in my life,” said Weaver. “At the Readings, while viewing thousands of art images, I am exposed to the future of the art world,” he continued, “and what I see is simply astounding.” Weaver went on to say that he believes art education is the key to living a “whole life” and sees the AP Program as a means to launching young learners into successful careers in a variety of disciplines.

Weaver has been teaching at Bethany College, where most of his instructional duties focus on the three-dimensional areas of studio art, since 1994. He is also one of the faculty members in the art education program in which students concentrate on preparing for teaching art on the middle and secondary school levels.

“In many ways, the AP Program serves as the glue between my college-level teaching experiences and my educational initiation as an art instructor on the high school level,” Weaver concluded. “One thing I know for sure,” he said, “this type of experience most definitely enhances my teaching skills.”

On Oct. 2-4, Weaver traveled to Boston, Mass., to participate in the Chief Reader Retreat, during which time was dedicated toward refining policies and procedures aimed at providing for successful readings in all 29 AP subject areas.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.