I can point you at what I wrote.

If you do not understand what this is about, several days ago I posted So tell me how you might respond.  Something I had written originally at Academe had been posted by Valerie Strauss at her blog at the Washington Post, where it proceeded to go viral.  I had mentioned Jay Mathews in the piece, and he responded with a piece in which he somewhat disagreed with me.

Jay and I will have our own direct back and forth, but in the meantime I chose to accept an invitation from Valerie to write something directly for her blog, which went up today as Teacher questions value of AP program

Unfortunately, I cannot simply crosspost here what I wrote there - it is considered Post content even though I was not paid for it, and I can quote nothing beyond fair use.  To encourage you to read it, let me offer a snippet here:  

The mere fact that a course is labeled AP does not  necessarily make it a college-level course, even if all of the students in that class obtain scores of 5 on the exam. The AP tests, by the way, are given in the beginning of May, when most schools go on for at least an additional month.   In college students do not sit for end-of- course examinations before the end of the course.
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Let me offer one more snip from what I wrote:

For those who argue as does Jay that students are now better prepared for college than before, I have two responses:
1.  That is not what I am being told by the many college professors who are writing to me.

2.   That is contradicted by the increasing number and percentage of students being required to take non-credit remedial courses, especially in English and Math, in many institutions of higher education.

This new piece is getting some traffic, although it will be no where near the incredible amount of my first piece.  Since I had solicited advise here, I thought it worth while even though I cannot cross-post the piece here to at least draw attention to it and provide a link.


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