Advanced Placement not all that, college access advocacy group says
Enlace Florida, a USF-based nonprofit that promotes college readiness for underrepresented student groups, has released a new research brief arguing that there needs to be much more to college prep than an over-reliance on Advanced Placement and related courses:
"Florida — and the United States for that matter — is not likely to increase its college attainment rates significantly if our college readiness efforts start and end with the AP program. We can even redouble all of our efforts in the IB and Dual Enrollment programs and still fall far short of the BIG GOAL."
The group argues that AP should be a piece of the puzzle in getting more minority and low-income students ready for higher education. But the real answer is "infusing the basic high school curriculum with more rigorous and relevant college prep coursework."