Mixed Views on AP Courses

September 24, 2018
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In June, eight elite private high schools in the Washington area announced that they were dropping out of the Advanced Placement program.

The schools said that they had come to question whether AP courses were as good as advertised, even if applicants to top colleges have come to boast about the number of AP courses in which they succeed. The schools said they believed they could create their own courses, offering more challenge and rigor than AP. And they wanted to challenge the assumption that students need to favor AP over activities or courses that may more closely reflect their interests.

The news surprised many educators, especially since the more standard criticism of AP has been that it favors students at those high schools (generally serving wealthy students) who have access to many more AP offerings than do other students.

Read more at Inside Higher Ed: https://www.insidehighered.com/admissions/article/2018/09/24/surveys-admissions-officers-and-counselors-find-mixed-view-ap-program