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Despite Growth, AP Pool Is Not Diluted, Studies Say

While public school students’ participation in the Advanced Placement program has shot up over the past two decades, the academic caliber of the course-takers does not appear to have been “watered down,” according to new research from the American Enterprise Institute, a right-leaning think tank in Washington.

“If you look at the overall achievement of students over time, you’d expect it to be falling,” said Nat Malkus, a senior research fellow for the AEI who wrote the two recent reports on the subject. But during the years for which he could compare data, overall performance levels for students who took an AP class “didn’t show any reduction.”