Many more students are taking Advanced Placement courses and exams. In a Fordham survey, AP teachers expressed mixed feelings about AP’s growth. Teachers say AP is a quality program, but students are signing up to burnish their college applications, rarely because they want academic challenge. High schools are pushing AP classes “to improve their school’s ranking and reputation in the community,” most teachers say.
As a result, some students enroll in AP courses they’re not prepared to handle, a majority of teachers say.
More than half, 56 percent, said they believed that “too many students overestimate their abilities and are in over their heads.” Even more teachers, 60 percent, said that “parents push their children into A.P. classes when they really don’t belong there.”
Fifty-two percent said such courses should be open only to students who could demonstrate that they could handle the work.
Flypaper has more on the trade-offs in expanding AP to a wider group of students.