AP scores vary from county to county
If you're a parent or a teacher, you might have some interest in looking at the school-by-school breakdown of just what percentage of the Class of 2008 had passed one or more Advanced Placement exam during their high school career. We spent the last three weeks getting school systems to cough up the data. Some school systems were happy to help; others took much longer.
What the story in today's paper shows is that there is a tremendous amount of inequity and not just between the city schools and the suburban schools but also between schools within counties.
It is clear that some counties have been pushing their students to try AP tests. It used to be that only the "smart" high performing kids were steered into AP. Now it is open to anyone who wants to work hard.
Why do we care anyway? We care because studies have shown that even taking one AP course in high school appears to make a difference in whether students will graduate. Apparently, it doesn't matter whether the student even does well in the course. The point is getting used to a level of work and rigor that helps prepare for college.