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The National Latin Exam

Click here for the 2014 NLE Report.

Steering/Writing Committee
The individual members of the Writing/Steering Committee, all seasoned teachers with experience using a wide variety of textbooks and teaching methods, begin writing the exams each spring. By the middle of August the members, meeting together as a committee, begin the difficult task of reviewing each exam with respect to the level of difficulty, accuracy, and content.  After several revisions, the exams are sent to the consultants for their in-depth critiques.  Acting upon their suggestions, the committee makes further changes.  After a final review, fine-tuning, and proofing, the exams are printed and sent to the schools.

It usually takes the committee twelve to fifteen sessions averaging three to four hours each to complete the work associated with the exams.  In addition to the general working sessions, each committee member spends hours taking care of specific tasks such as answering correspondence, word processing, record keeping, publicizing the exam, and writing newsletter articles.

Joe Davenport, Norwell Middle School, Norwell, MA
Ian Hochberg, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School, Alexandria, VA 22304
Mark Keith, Co-Chair, Riverbend HS, Fredricksburg, VA 22407
Donna Dollings, Midlothian, VA 23113
Debra Heaton, Woburn High School, Woburn, MA 01801
Emily Lewis, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, VA 22015
Patricia Lister, Thomas Jefferson HS for Sci & Tech, Alexandria, VA
Betty Merrill, Treasurer, 904 Sylvania Avenue, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Linda S. Montross, Co-Chair, 52 Spinnaker Court,Heathsville, Va 22473
Sue Robertson, 12211 Diamond Hill Dr. Midlothian, VA 23113
Lauren Rogers, Salem Academy, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Jane H. Hall, White Stone, VA

Office Staff
Janine Kuty, Office Manager, Fredericksburg, VA   22401
Ellen Smith, Administrative Assistant/Data Entry Specialist,Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Meagan Wilkinson , Student Aide,Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Every fall the Writing/Steering Committee sends drafts of the seven exams to the consultants who are current high school teachers, college professors, or former educators.  These consultants are split into two groups, the first group receiving the exams around mid-September and the second group in mid-October.  David Perry, our macron specialist, adds the macrons to all the Latin words on the exams.  The consultants carefully critique every question on each of the exams, offer suggestions for improvement, and return their comments to the Writing/Steering Committee within a week’s time. Their ideas and contributions are invaluable in the process of preparing the exams for distribution to national and international Latin students.
Michael Bales , Toronto, Ontario, Canada
David Bloch, 3014 Cambridge Place NW, Washington, DC 20007
Cindy Pope Caltagirone, Web Page Consultant, Charleston, SC
Sally Davis, 2727 South Quincy Street, #1024, Arlington, VA 22206
Kathy Elifrits, 19 Brandywine Court, Highland Heights, KY
Kevin Gushman, 3607 Bent Branch Court, Falls Church, VA 22041
Ruth Haukeland, 19 Locust Ave., Port Washington, NY
Liz Heimbach , 923 Water Street/P.O. Box 66, Port Royal, VA 22535
Rick LaFleur, 161 Lake Oglethorpe Dr., Arnoldsville, GA 30619
David R, Pellegrino, 1004 Heritage Park Drive, Webster, NY 14580-2351
David Perry, Rye High School, 1 Parsons St. Rye, NY 10580
Wallace Ragan, St. Albans School, Mount St. Albans School, Washington, D.C. 20016
 Scholarship Committee
The NLE Scholarship committee is composed of seven readers: three college professors and three high school teachers plus the Chair.  Only two professors and two high school teachers serve as readers each year.  The applications are read several times prior to the selection of the twenty-one scholarship winners and five alternates.  The first screening is done by the Chair.  A second screening is then done to determine which applications will be sent to the readers.  Approximately ninety applications are sent to the readers for a third reading.  Each reader selects his top thirty-five applications and returns these selections to the chair.  At this time, the committee members’ choices are collated, and the winners are chosen.  The names of the Scholars are announced at The American Classical League Institute late in June.
Ephy Howard, Chair, 929 University Avenue, Troy, AL 36081
Sarah Bjorkman,
Randall Childree, Furman University, 3300 Poinsett Hwy., Greenville, SC 29613
Temple Eller, Greensboro, NC
Linda S. Montross 52 Spinnaker Court,Heathsville, Va
Bob Simmons, Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL 61462
Michael Sloan, P.O. Box 7343, Winston-Salem, NC 27109
Sandra Woodward, 2881 Sable Ave., Salt Lake City, UT
 Advisory Committee
The members of the NLE Advisory Committee represent the various geographic areas of the country, from both public and private middle schools, high schools, and colleges.  Their job is to listen to suggestions that teachers around the country may have regarding the exams.  When the Advisory Committee meets with the Writing/Steering Committee at the ACL Institute each June, these suggestions are presented and discussed.  Please contact any of these members with your comments, suggestions, questions, or concerns about the National Latin Exam.  This is a very important way in which your ideas can receive attention.
Caroline Kelly,Chair, Charlotte, NC
Liane Houghtalin, U of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA
Kelly Kusch, Cincinnati, OH
Nora MacDonald, Seattle, WA
Mary Pendergraft
, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
Amy Sommer, Greenwood Village, CO
Kristin Webster, Potomac, MD

  Advisory: Colleges and Universities
Liane Houghtalin, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Mary Pendergraft, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, 27109
 How to Contact the NLE:

1-800-459-9847 (Clement Testing Service)
1-540-654-1567 (FAX)

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