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August 3, 2018
More students are taking AP exams, but researchers don’t know if that helps them
“AP is such an important element of high school for kids and teachers, and we don’t really understand how it’s impacting student experiences."
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May 22, 2018
Report: Memphis students from poor families less likely to have access to advanced coursework
Of the 14 high schools that offer more than 40 advanced classes, all but one have a lower percentage of students from poor families than the district.
May 17, 2018
In New York, students of color lack access to advanced coursework, new analysis finds
New York’s black and Latino students are denied access to advanced coursework, including math, science, music, and foreign language classes, according to a new analysis.
May 9, 2018
Memphis student among 161 high school seniors named as U.S. Presidential Scholars
A Memphis senior is headed to Vanderbilt University in the fall, but first, she will make a stop at the White House.
How I Teach
March 15, 2018
Why students’ birthdays are the perfect icebreaker for this award-winning Tennessee teacher
Paula Franklin, a high school teacher in Knox County Schools, received last year's Milken Educator Award, a prestigious national honor.
There's an AP for that
October 10, 2017
More New York City students are taking AP exams, though racial gaps persist
The number of students who took at least one AP test in 2017 rose by 10 percent, while the pass rate went up 7.5 percent.
March 8, 2017
Data shows Indiana students are taking AP exams, but half aren’t passing them
Statewide, 36 percent of Indiana 2016 graduates took an AP test in high school, and 18.1 percent passed.
AP for all
January 17, 2017
City’s AP exam passing rates show gains, especially for black and Hispanic students
The number of students taking at least one AP exam in 2016 rose by nearly 3,500 students citywide.
January 11, 2017
Cuomo finishes State of the State tour, proposes funding for AP exams and computer science teachers
Governor Andrew Cuomo finished his State of the State speeches on Wednesday, with proposals to help low-income students fund AP exams and create after-school seats.
September 27, 2016
Number of Tennessee students taking college-credit classes ticks up
Nearly 30,000 students took at least one Advanced Placement exam last year, an increase of nearly 9 percent over the previous year.
August 19, 2015
Would fewer IPS high schools lead to more advanced courses?
As part of a plan to push for more students to take AP courses, school board members Tuesday discussed the idea of fewer high schools with more students in the future.
Updated July 23, 2015
Report: Many NYC high schools don’t offer advanced math and science courses
A new report finds that nearly 4 in 10 city high schools do not offer algebra II and both physics and chemistry.
There's an AP for that
July 17, 2015
At summer seminar, teachers learn advanced courses aren’t just for some
About 500 teachers participated in the AP for All Summer Institute, a program that emphasizes that advanced classes should be open to all students.
December 9, 2014
City to gain new computer science classes amid White House push
The city is set to expand its computer science offerings beginning next fall, with support from a grant from the National Science Foundation. The White House announced Monday that New York City will get part of a $20 million grant designed to train computer science teachers on new curriculum. The initiative is part of a larger effort to better prepare students for the increasing number of technology-related jobs and increase diversity in the field.
October 15, 2014
Beating national trends, city students make modest SAT gains
City students continued to make modest gains on the SAT and Advanced Placement exams last year, and AP exam participation increased as well, the…
September 10, 2014
With debate, State Board lays U.S. history flap to rest
Members of the State Board of Education Wednesday got it from both sides in the culture wars controversy over the new Advanced Placement U.S. history course and test.
August 12, 2014
Another skirmish shaping up in testing wars
Some testing critics are taking aim at a new Advanced Placement United States history program, and the Republican chair of the State Board of Education is bringing the debate to that body.
April 7, 2014
10 city high schools make national list of “most challenging”
The Washington Post’s annual ranking of high schools where students take challenging courses includes 10 operated by New York City. The Baccalaureate School for…
February 11, 2014
Colorado ranks ninth for high scores on AP exams
Colorado ranked ninth in the country for the number of students scoring highly enough on Advanced Placement exams to be eligible for college credit, according…
September 30, 2013
City plans Advanced Placement expansion in high-need schools
Chancellor Dennis Walcott moderated a panel about Advanced Placement courses at New York University today. To the immediate left, Park East senior Yailizabeth Castillo. New York City school officials are bringing Advanced Placement courses to far more high schools in their latest effort to get black and Hispanic students doing college-level work. Almost 58,000 students were enrolled in AP courses in 2012. Now, the city is spending $7 million on an Advanced Placement Expansion Initiative to bring 120 sections of AP classes to 55 high schools. Most of the new classes are in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, where white and Asian students far outpace black and Hispanic students. The new initiative is a collaboration with the College Board, which designs and administers the test, and whose president is David Coleman, architect of the the state's new Common Core standards. At a kickoff event this morning, Chancellor Dennis Walcott said the expansion reflects the goals of the Common Core, which is aimed at getting students to think deeply and critically. "This will be Common Core-plus," Walcott told students from schools participating in the program. "What Advanced Placement does is just take it to the next level."
July 15, 2011
This week's teaching & learning tidbits
California to teach gay history in schools - Sen. Bennet discusses school reform - Jeffco employees say it's a good place to work - Boulder offers students more advanced courses - Denver Head Start funds lagging - School choice talk in Springs next week.
May 13, 2011
This week's teaching & learning tidbits
Latest Colo. school budget news - Colo. teachers happy, for the most part - Boulder high schools to start later in fall - Students do more than talk about the environment.
April 29, 2011
This week's teaching & learning tidbits
Two Colo. teachers earn top honors in math/science - Mixed reaction to teacher eval plans in Colo. - Many H.S. classes 'advanced' in name only - Colo. could ditch more school tests.
February 9, 2011
City sees gains on AP tests, but mixed news for black students
New data from the College Board on last year's class of graduating seniors shows that while more city students are taking and passing Advanced Placement courses, black students are still underrepresented in both groups. From 2009 to 2010, the number of New York City high school seniors taking at least one AP test increased by six percent from roughly 13,697 to 14,522. That was matched by a slight increase of 6.8 percent in the number of students who passed at least one test during high school. It's impossible to say what the overall passage rate was, as the city's data doesn't indicate how students performed on the exams they took. Those gains have been made mainly by Asian and Hispanic students. Both groups are taking Advanced Placement tests and passing them at significantly higher rates than in the past, while participation and passage rates among white students have stagnated.
September 14, 2010
After years of SAT score declines, city students break the trend
SAT scores of city public school students rose slightly over last year's scores, bringing a four-year trend of declining performance to an end, according to data released by the Department of Education today. The average city SAT score was five points higher on the reading portion of the test, four points higher on the math, and two points higher for writing. The gains are statistically significant, but not yet great enough to cancel out several years of loses. Today, the city's average scores to roughly where they were two years ago. City students' average score was 439 out of 800 on the reading section, 462 on math, and 434 on writing. The score increases are mainly due to improved results from Asian, white, and Hispanic students. Black students' scores stagnated, except in the case of the writing SAT, where they fell by three points.
April 23, 2009
Panel: NYC public school grads not starting college prepared
More city public school graduates are enrolling at City University of New York Colleges, Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and CUNY President Matt Goldstein boasted at a press conference last month. But whether the students are prepared for the college experience, both in and outside the classroom, is much less clear. Only 7.5% of students take all of the high school courses that CUNY recommends, and more than 70% of the first-year students in CUNY's junior colleges must take remedial courses to catch up on basic skills, according to John Garvey, who was until recently the dean in charge of CUNY's College Now program, which allows high school students to take college-level courses. Garvey presented the information at an event Tuesday held by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, which is developing a set of recommendations for how to boost student achievement. One major problem is that the most advanced high school courses, called Regents courses to match the exit exams students must pass, do not approximate the style or difficulty of college classes, Garvey said. CUNY freshmen are exempted from remedial courses if they score a 75 on the math and English Regents exams. But the tests focus on material that should be learned in middle school and the first years of high school, Garvey said. "They don't align with the real needs of college courses," he said.
February 5, 2009
More blacks, Latinos took AP exams, but more failed them, too
Both the mayor and the chancellor have now issued statements boasting about gains on Advanced Placement exams, the rigorous tests that are considered a good indicator of whether students are prepared for college. But the picture is more complex than they suggest, and if anything the evidence adds to concerns raised yesterday about college preparedness, particularly among black and Hispanic students. More students are definitely taking the exams than were in 2002, whether you look at the sheer numbers — a total of 23,600 students took the tests in 2008, up from less than 17,000 in 2002 — or at proportions — in 2008, about 23% of eleventh- and twelfth-graders took AP exams, up from 21% in 2002.* But, as I suggested yesterday, the increased participation has led to a lower pass rate:
December 10, 2008
Can high-achieving students with special needs take AP courses?
Last year, Schools Chancellor Joel Klein said he wanted to increase the number of students passing Advanced Placement tests. But for high-achieving kids with special needs, taking AP classes can be near impossible. This week, I talked to a parent about how hard it was for her to find a high school that says it will offer AP classes to her child, a high-achieving eighth-grader who is legally required to be placed in a team-teaching setting. Specifically, this student must be in a Collaborative Team Teaching class, where two teachers, one with special education certification, work with a class made up of some students who have special needs and some who do not. Despite her careful research, the mother told me, it hasn't always been clear which high schools will meet her child's needs. In the high school directory released each year by the DOE, most selective schools say they will offer special education services "as needed." Some schools have reputations for including kids with all kids of special needs in their most challenging courses, but others do not.
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