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Mike

Preparation is Key for High Stakes AP Exams

Students have a lot riding on the AP exams.  Most students see the Advanced Placement exams as a way to impress colleges, when in reality they can end up saving the student/family  thousands in tuition.  If a student scores well on their exam they may qualify for credit in college.  With the rising cost of tuition, this […]

Paying for the AP Exams, Who Should Carry the Burden?

At approximately $86.00 per exam (fees vary by state, district and school),  the AP exams are not cheap and with some students taking several exams the bill for the exams quickly adds up.  States and school’s handle these fees in various ways, with most requiring the student to pay a large portion if not all […]

Revision of the AP Program, Good or Bad?

I recently read an article in the Washington Post by Jay Matthews, New, deeper AP Program, that discusses the College Board’s plan to revise several AP curriculum.  Here’s a quote from the article. The revised AP courses, beginning with biology, will put more emphasis on conceptual understanding and cut back on memorizing content, the designers […]

It Pays to Be an AP Teacher in Texas

Apparently teaching Advanced Placement classes in Texas can pay, and I don’t mean that “warm your heart, feel good” kind of reward, but cold, hard cash. AP teachers in the state of Texas are eligible for the O’Donnell Texas AP Teacher Award.  “The O’Donnell Texas AP® Teacher Award will be presented annually to one Advanced Placement teacher […]

Perhaps Florida Expanded Their AP Program Too Quickly

I recently read an article on TampaBay.com that indicated the Florida State Education Commissioner, Eric J. Smith, acknowledges that Florida may be over enrolling students in Advanced Placement classes.  For a little while now, Florida has been criticized for having a much lower pass rate than the national average on the year end exams (43% […]