AP Is "Single Happiest Education Story of the Century"
AP Is "Single Happiest Education Story of the Century"College Board Communications
The AP Program has become so effective at providing students with access to the kind of challenging coursework that is essential for college and career success that a recent report from the American Enterprise Institute hailed it as perhaps “the single happiest education story of the century.”
In “AP at Scale: Public school students in Advanced Placement, 1990-2013,” researcher Nat Malkus presents data showing that increasing numbers of students are embracing and succeeding in AP courses. The report points out that while AP participation increased by 35 percent between 2000 and 2009, there was no corresponding drop in test scores, demonstrating that the program continued to grow while maintaining its high level of quality.
“Expanding at scale without sacrificing rigor is the rarest kind of success in public education,” Malkus writes, “and AP is showing just that.”
The report also notes that while there are persistent and underlying socioeconomic issues that affect AP participation and access, the AP program is now available to 90 percent of public high school students. Additionally, Malkus highlights the College Board’s efforts to help underserved students realize that they are ready to take on advanced coursework through tools like AP Potential.
Through its sustained growth and consistently high standards, the report says, AP has become an “indispensable part of public education.”