Monday, June 18, 2012

California students’ improvement on AP exams deserves more attention | Thoughts on Public Education

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California students’ improvement on AP exams deserves more attention

By Michael Kirst
Source:  College Board California State Integrated Summary Report for Public Schools, 2010-11

There is some good news in California student achievement trends. High performers, as measured by passage of the Advanced Placement exam, are increasing, and rank very high in interstate comparisons.
AP is college level work in high school, and indicates that students attending California’s most selective colleges are better prepared than ever. This positive trend is obscured by national studies, like the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), that donot focus on the highest achieving students when making interstate and racial/ethnic comparisons. In California, Hispanic growth in both taking and passing the AP exam is 

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