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Thursday, 30th April 2009

Growing Pains in the Advanced Placement Program: Do Tough Trade-Offs Lie Ahead?

Growing Pains in the Advanced Placement Program: Do Tough Trade-Offs Lie Ahead?
Source: Thomas B. Fordham Institute

In 2002-2003, 1 million students participated in AP by taking at least one exam. Five years later, nearly 1.6 million did—a 50+ percent increase. But is growth all good? Might there be a downside? Are ill prepared students eroding the quality of the program? Perhaps harming the best and brightest? To find out, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute commissioned the Farkas Duffett Research Group to survey AP teachers in public high schools across the country. Perhaps not surprisingly, the AP program remains very popular with its teachers. But there are signs that the move toward “open door” access to AP is starting to cause concern. Read the report to learn more.

+ Executive Summary (PDF; 457 KB)
+ Foreward (PDF; 105 KB)
+ Report (PDF; 552 KB)
+ Appendices (PDF; 478 KB)

See: Many Teachers in Advanced Placement Voice Concern at Its Rapid Growth (New York Times)


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