Washington Post columnist: AP worth the money
Washington Post education writer Jay Mathews devoted his blog column yesterday to Sunday's St. Petersburg Times story about the costs of Advanced Placement in Florida. He gently offered a counterpoint to those who question whether AP is worth the price tag: In my frequent columns, and three books, about AP and the similar International Baccalaureate program, I have not emphasized the financial benefits of getting college credit for the courses taken in high school. If families and taxpayers did not save a dime, I would still argue that the courses and tests are invaluable because they energize high school teaching and learning and prepare students for the academic demands of college.
Mathews knows as much about AP as anyone in the country. Is he right on this one?