Do AP classes live up to their promise?
Original post made on Apr 30, 2013
Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 6:07 AM
on Apr 30, 2013 at 10:16 am
As a former AP student, I can attest to the quality of the coursework in the Pleasanton schools in terms of what *I* got out of it. Is the homework necessary? Quite honestly, if you want to pass, it is-- you will get the same amount of reading assignments in any college level course (granted, college courses only meet twice or three times a week...) If the students can handle the rigor and pass the AP test, I say power to them. That being said, there were plenty of classmates who were either taking these classes because A) the parents "encouraged" them to take 4 AP classes or B) their friends were taking them and they didn't want to be left out. I can't tell you how many times I heard "Eh, a C counts as a B on the regular grading scale, so I'll do the bare minimum and get the C."
on Apr 30, 2013 at 11:13 am
I am surprised by the lack of discussion of selection bias in this article. It is well known that students who tend to enroll in AP level courses tend to be the ones who would have been successful at a college level without them. I also think it is rather sad that AP courses are not in fact designed to teach a discipline, but to teach how to pass a specific test based vaguely on that discipline. This is not to say that those in AP classes learn nothing of the subject that they study, but to suggest that an AP course provides the same level of real world application that a college level course does is laughable.
on Apr 30, 2013 at 12:48 pm
As Amador Alum mentioned in the entry: " a B counts as an A ". This is an urban myth! It doesn't work for out of CA state university system. A "B counts as a B" and take it on the chin. Too many students in CA (including those in Pleasanton school system) are duped to think they can take AP classes and get an equivalent "A" by doing 'B' work. If any students thinks they can do this when you apply to out of state schools, think twice. Don't be fooled by your H.S. couselors or teachers with the enticement of an 'A' by doing B work. Also, many Private and Out-of-State colleges/universities do to accept AP scores less than a perfect '5' for course credit. Only CA State Schools do that. So, if any students or parents reading this blog, take NOTE! Don't be fooled by the Urban Myth!