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USA Today: More kids are failing AP

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Just last month, we reported that Florida's education commissioner believed high school Advanced Placement courses are overenrolled with unprepared students.

Now comes a USA Today story that indicates this is not just a Florida issue

Headlined "Failure rates for AP tests climbing," the story details that the numbers of students receiving a 1 or 2 on the college-level exams is rising rapidly — particularly in the South — as the number of tests taken hit an all-time high.

The paper's map shows Florida in the bottom 15 when it comes to passing rates.

Of course, some experts and College Board folks say there's more to the data than meets the eye. One favorite and oft-used explanation: There's success within the failure as more students are challenged with rigorous course work.

We are just using this story to reignite the heated debate about the value of AP courses. Have at it.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:49am]

    

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