More AP News
The number of people taking AP classes is going up with Virginia and Maryland leading the way, and the number of people passing the AP exam is also growing. I have certainly seen this in my own experience. I took two AP classes, US history and calculus, back in 1975. My oldest daughter took 9 AP classes when she was in high school, and my next daughter is now taking AP world history as a sophomore.
AP classes are clearly better than most high school classes, but they are not true college level classes. In my experience as a professor of physics at a major research university, the passing score of 3 out of 5 is not adequate for credit at a top tier university. We required a 5 for credit. When my daughter went off to collge, I advised her to retake the courses in her major and only use the credit for non-major courses. The AP world history is being taught straight from a textbook. My college history classes always used supplementary readings beyond the text.
I wish I knew how much money the College Board makes on AP exams and whether they are just being self serving when the promoite the classes and the exams.
Packer said that about 150,000 high school students have access to AP
calculus courses, but a College Board analysis of PSAT scores shows
that five times as many have the capacity to do well in those courses
if they were offered at their schools. The analysis showed that 100,000
students had access to AP biology, but eight times as many could do
well in that course.
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