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Brenda Martin
This is interesting data on AP progress in Kentucky! It would be nice to see AP Exam scores of 3-5 for Science(13%) Math(13%), World Language (2%) Arts & Humanities(2%) scores increased as History/Social Studies(40%) & English(30%) scores are.  I think that we must investigate how we further use our investments in using these tests. The answers to the following questions must help to guide us further. 1. Is Dual Credit as good as if not better offerings than AP classes?  There might not be sufficient data to show that High School  AP science classes contains enough rigor to serve as a college courses.   2.  Is it reasonable to hinge college credit on one AP Exam?  Some exams do not cover sufficient subject content.  Some changes had been made to some classes such as AP Biology in 2012 to reflect more standards. "The changes, which are to take effect in the 2012-13 school year, are part of a sweeping redesign of the entire A.P. program. Instead of just providing teachers with a list of points that need to be covered for the exams, the College Board will create these detailed standards for each subject and create new exams to match".  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/09/education/edlife/09ap-t.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&  3.  Can there be other incentives to drive higher performance?  Some states have offered financial benefits to teachers and students who pass the exams.  Even though, some students weren't impacted, some low-income students did do better.   Also, a study show that even with students who earned a 4 on the AP Exam, the college the selected required a 5 for college credit.  So the college credit incentive isn't always satisfied.   4.  Do these tests serve as reliable indicators of how students will perform in college?  Some of the factors that help these students to do well are factors that will be there even if these particular classes weren't taken.  Also, a study showed that of the nearly 30,000 students taking AP courses in high school, they did not get higher grades as Freshmen in college. However, those receiving a 4 or 5 on AP Exams did score higher on SAT exams, etc.  5.  Can we expect to see higher performance, once Kentucky Core Academic Standards (KCAS)  trickle through the system?  I think strong rudiments must start early in a creative fashion.  Honed teaching that responds to varied learning needs must allow students to continue to build on their knowledge and opportunity base that prepares them for AP and Dual College Credit courses and more!  I also think we need to define a strategy for helping to encourage students who don't do well on the AP Exams to still be prepared to take these classes in college and not shun these subjects. Sources: http://educationnext.org/cash-for-test-scores/ http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/smg/ficss/research/articles/Science_educator_advanced.pdf. Also see http://prichblog.blogspot.com. Brenda Martin, National PTA Social Media Ambassador NeKy District 26 PTA http://26pta.webs.com Blog: DebateandSwitch.wordpress.com Follow on Twitter @bdrumartin; Pinterest @bdrumartin; Facebook/neky.pta  

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