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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 […]

Weighted Grades – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

It seems that there are a large number of articles lately about schools/districts re-evaluating weighted grades and class rank (usually because of weighted). Weighted grades came about as a way to reward students for attempting more challenging classes.  Without weighted grades, some students would not attempt the challenge of AP or IB classes for fear that […]

Closing race, poverty and gender gaps in advanced high school course-taking

I just read this press release from the The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management put out by Wiley-Blackwell: WASHINGTON, DC—October 5, 2009—The latest research from the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management explores the wide disparities in advanced high school course-taking (such as Advanced Placement courses) among race, poverty, and gender groups in Florida. […]

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 […]