Stephanie Ferree Hyatt The lead AP English teacher for Huntsville City Schools, Stephanie Ferree Hyatt teaches AP English Language and Composition at Lee High School in Huntsville, Alabama. In 2012, Hyatt was named Teacher of the Year for both Lee High School and Huntsville City Schools. Hyatt is actively involved with the A+ College Ready Initiative, for whom she teaches AP exam prep sessions for students and curriculum workshops for teachers. Her most recent projects and presentations relate to teaching rhetorical analysis through fiction passage analysis and integrating technology into the AP English classroom. Hyatt holds a Master’s Degree in English from the University of Alabama Huntsville and an Educational Specialist Degree in Teaching and Learning from Liberty University.
Section II lasts for a total of 100 minutes, and it includes a document-based question (DBQ) and a long essay question (LEQ). Students are allowed to work on either essay within this total time period. The section begins with a 15 minute reading period where students are advised to read both the documents for DBQ. However, students may begin writing during this time; most students take notes on the documents in order to plan out the DBQ. Students are advised to spend 45 minutes writing the DBQ and then 40 writing the LEQ, but there are no rules on when each essay must be worked on. There are three prompts for the LEQ, but only one needs to be chosen. Each LEQ prompt addresses a different period, with one addressing periods 1 & 2, another addressing periods 3 & 4, and a third addressing periods 5 & 6.
Independent research on the academic benefits of the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition course indicates that not all students receive academic benefits from participating in the course. In a study with a sample size of over 90,000, the authors found that students who took the AP English Language and Composition course did not receive any increase in academic achievement unless they also prepared for and took the AP test. The authors controlled for over 70 intervening variables and found that AP students who took and passed the English Composition and Literature exam had ACT scores that were points higher than non-AP students or AP English students who did not take their course's AP test.  This led the authors to state that AP participation "... is not beneficial to students who merely enroll in the courses ..."  :p. 414