By Bryce Liao, Courier Managing Editor
AP exam scores have been falling increasingly over the past few years at Logan.
At the start of the school year, principal Abhi Brar held a meeting with all AP teachers to discuss ways to improve the current situation. The teachers noted that some classes experienced dramatic increases in the number of students, but more students did not pass.
Typically, a full length AP High School course teaches a year’s worth of College-level material, and traditional restrictions have barred a number of students from taking these challenging AP courses. However, in recent years, the number of AP students has been increasing dramatically, partly due to the open enrollment policy.
Ms Nguyen, an AP Calculus AB teacher, says, “Open enrollment has given students more opportunities to take higher level classes, and also more opportunities to take AP exams. This seems good at first, but it opens the gate to students who maybe [have not] fully met the prerequisites for the class.”
An anonymous student agrees with that idea, stating, “Open enrollment results in classes filled with incompetent students and dilutes the difficulty and ‘advanced’ status of the class. This obviously lowers the average score as not everyone has the ability to learn, retain, and study material for the AP test.”
An interesting correlation between AP scores and class grades showed that some students did not have As in the class, but still aced the AP exam, while other students with high grades did not pass the AP Exam. This suggests the possibility of classes not exactly aligned with the AP test, causing some students to sacrifice their class grade in order to self-study more relevant material. (more…)