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September 2009

Who should be taking AP courses?

I just read a blog post by Joanne Jacobs “Hard to great”.  In this post, Joanne shares some comments by a 2nd year Teach for America teacher, lamenting about the quality of her AP student’s papers.  You can read the teacher’s comments here.  Here’s an excerpt from her post: I gave the students their Multiple […]

Preparing Students for AP Courses – A New Program

I recently read an article in the Democrat and Chronicle  about a  summer program designed to prepare incoming 9th graders for the challenges of AP courses in Rochester, NY.  12 incoming freshmen participated in the Global Gear Up program that allowed the students to participate in world history research projects.  I am strongly convinced that […]

Teacher’s Unions Square Off With AP Incentives

Mass Insight seems to do a great job at stirring up teacher’s unions on the East Coast.  I just read another article in The Salem News about how the Peabody Federation of Teachers is worried about how Mass Insight’s grant will be implemented at Peabody High School. Mass Insight’s Massachusetts Math & Science Initiative supplies […]

Tufts University AP Credit Policy Reduces Students’ Credits

There was an article in the Tufts Daily on Sept 18th  that discusses Tufts University’s decision to put a cap on the number of credits a student can earn from AP scores.  This does not bode well for incoming students who thought they would have many prerequisites under their belt due to good AP scores. Despite some student […]

Most States Increase the Number of Advanced Placement Exams

The College Board recently released data for the 2009 Advanced Placement exams.  All the states in the US, except 3,  had an increase in the number of AP exams from 2008 to 2009.  As shown in the chart above, the states with the highest increase in the percent of exams administered were: Alabama (25%), Indiana […]