Articles tagged with Advanced Placement

Why Students Are Being Rewarded For AP Tests

Why Students Are Being Rewarded For AP Tests

Do well on an Advanced Placement exam, and receive $100. That’s exactly what South High Community School in New York does for its students, according to an article in the New York Times. Teachers whose students do well also receive bonuses. The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) funds the incentives at South High Community School and all the other schools that participate in this program. It pays each student who scores a 3 or above (high enough to earn college credit) on the math or science A.P. exam $100. Teachers’ incentives are not as straightforward and are based on the percentage of their students that pass the exa ... Read More About Why Students Are Being Rewarded For AP Tests

AP Classes Go Online

AP Classes Go Online

Despite strict budget cuts, interest in Advanced Placement (AP) classes at high schools has skyrocketed, and students are now taking AP classes online, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal. Online classes and digital classrooms have been gaining popularity for quite some time. But, digitizing AP programs is a fairly recent trend. The AP program has been booming lately, as students look to get a head start on college classes and credit. Taking an AP class can also improve a student’s chances of getting into a better college and can cut tuition expenses. About 90% of colleges give high school students college credit for pas ... Read More About AP Classes Go Online

AP Program To Change

AP Program To Change

High school students are always encouraged to pursue more-challenging Advanced Placement classes to better prepare for college and push their intellectual abilities. But, advanced placement classes are becoming significantly more difficult, pushing students harder, and sometimes losing the main focus of the program according to an article in the New York Times. The typical A.P. biology textbook has increased from 36 chapters and 870 pages 30 years ago to the current 56 chapters and 1,400 pages, plus additional videos and web-based information. Even more challenging for A.P. students is the fact that every term, every phrase, every little pi ... Read More About AP Program To Change

Take The Exam If You Are Taking The AP Class

Take The Exam If You Are Taking The AP Class

Do you have a few Advanced Placement classes in your schedule?  Now, you’re not required to take the corresponding AP test come May, but the class should be preparing you for said test.  However, an easy question to ask would be: should I take the AP test?  The answer is simply, “yes”.  Here’s why… College credit for cheap - One AP test will cost you $87 (as of 2010).  Some school districts may even offer financial assistance to students taking AP tests.  That may sound like a lot of money, but on the other hand, many colleges will award you college credit for good scores.  ... Read More About Take The Exam If You Are Taking The AP Class

Advanced Placement Or International Baccalaureate

Advanced Placement Or International Baccalaureate

High school students – mostly juniors and seniors – annually take AP (Advance Placement Tests) or IB (International Baccalaureate tests), but which is better?             Jay Mathews from The Washington Post argues in an article that the IB tests are slightly better because they force students to write more. Therefore, students must think deeper and provide more-detailed answers. He believes that this is the type of thinking that students will be exposed to in college.              The AP exams are mostly multiple ch ... Read More About Advanced Placement Or International Baccalaureate