AP or not AP?
It appears that my Advanced Placement story has stirred up a little discussion on The Sun’s Topix message board.
In a nutshell, I wrote about the success that Maryland students have had in the national program.
Many on the message board are using the recently released results as ammunition in the Grasmick vs. O’Malley feud.
Through the course of reporting this story, I was struck by the fact that the AP program seems to be doing something that NCLB has not been able to do — encourage college-level curriculum. While some have argued that many states have begun to water down curriculum in order to meet NCLB growth requirements, the College Board, which administers the AP program, has beefed up its standards. This year, AP teachers were required to submit their course syllabuses to the College Board for review.
Can you provide me with examples of NCLB encouraging college-level courses? And please do not spurt out the term “highly qualified” teachers. I’ve covered education long enough to know that this is a laughable label…