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Mike

Do Advanced Placement Courses Serve Students Well?

A couple of weeks ago there was an article in the New York Time’s Room for Debate, “The Advanced Placement Juggernaut ” questioning the value of AP courses.  It is an interesting read as it presents views from various “professionals” and had a huge number or reader comments. The heart of the matter is that AP […]

U.S. News’ 2009 America’s Best High Schools

U.S. News and World Report  recently published their “America’s Best High Schools” and as predicted, it is ruffling  a few feathers as demonstrated by the comments on their website.  Both this ranking and the Newsweek ranking use a similar formula. Newsweek’s rankings are determined by taking the number of AP and/or IB exams administered divided by […]

AP and IB Scheduling Conflicts

There are many schools in the US that have both large Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs.  These schools have the unique problem of working through scheduling exam conflicts between the two programs. The AP Program has an alternate testing schedule in place while the IB programme does not.  For this reason, most schools with […]

Teaching Girls to Tinker…and Boys for That Matter

 I recently came across a summary of an article by Education Week, “Teaching Girls to Tinker” that got me thinking.  While teaching science in both middle school and high school, it was clear that there was not a gender discrepancy in the way that girls and boys were taught and encouraged in both math and science.  […]

The Confusing World of Weighted Grades.

As soon as the “ink” dried on my last post, Weighted Grades – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,  I read an article about how the University of Michigan is going stop re-calculating GPAs.  Apparently the differences are not big enough to justify the effort.  Give a point to the “grade grubbers”.