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  •  The AP test and the NCLB tests are different (0+ / 0-)

    The AP tests are rigorous and involve writing and a strong knowledge of the subject matter. They are also optional classes and should only be selected by motivated students.

    I'd have no problem evaluating an AP program based on its AP test scores, and I would judge 40% 3 or better to be insufficient. If 60% are getting 1 or 2, then the class is not meeting its stated objective, which is to provide an opportunity for college level work in the high school. AP classes are optional for both schools and students. There is no point in offering them as AP if students are not passing the test.

    In the case of this program, if I were the administrator, I would be speaking with the teacher and making some judgements: - Is it that the students are insufficiently prepared or motivated for the material? - Is it a young program, and perhaps the instructor, given this feedback, can improve her strategies and have a realistic shot at better results next year?

    Depending upon my findings, I would either eliminate the course entirely or reassign the teacher elsewhere. There's also the option of starting a process to remove the teacher, but IME 'worthless' teachers are not generally assigned to AP. She may be fine with a lower level class.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Tue Oct 19, 2010 at 05:10:21 PM PDT

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