In the next week or so I plan to start working on a story about enrollment in Advanced Placement classes. Participation appears to have gone way down in one of the districts I cover, likely because the district is paying closer attention to who’s enrolling and their past grades. (In the past the AP exam scores for this particular district have been dismal, so they want more students to earn scores of 3-5.) Based on things I’ve read and from attending an AP Institute a few years back for a story, this exclusivity seems like the opposite of what’s going on elsewhere.
Seems like in recent years there was a philosophy shift with educators saying they wanted to get as many students as possible in at least one AP class so they could begin to understand the college experience. I’m planning to call the College Board, but any recommendations for who else I might want to contact to get a national perspective? What are you guys seeing?
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