Shocker: AP testing is no free lunch
Head Start doesn’t work, and now AP if floundering. What works when intensively applied does not work when applied to the masses:
Taxpayers have spent hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years to nudge more students into Advanced Placement classes — but a close look at test scores suggests much of the investment has been wasted.
In its annual reports, the nonprofit College Board, which runs the Advanced Placement program, emphasizes the positive: The percentage of students who pass at least one AP exam during high school has been rising steadily. Because so many students now take more than one AP class, however, the overall pass rate dropped from 61 percent for the class of 2002 to 57 percent for the class of 2012.
Even more striking: The share of exams that earned the lowest possible score jumped from 14 percent to 22 percent, according to College Board data.
The non-profit College Board has seen its net assets increase $609 million at the end of 2012 from $491 million two years earlier, according to POLITICO.