Eye-opening video from NY Times on AP and its pressure on students.
Isn't AP supposed to get kids working hard and ready for college?
Or is it a rush through too much content that no student can really master?
It saves you money if you make a 4 or 5 on the test and you can skip some college classes.
Or is it a rush to have the perfect college application?
Is it a money machine?
Have we been duped?
This video is a little short and a little short-sighted. You could make a video of the opposite side as well. AP has real faults but yes, it does pace out at a college rate. There are colleges that don't want an SAT or ACT score but I've never heard of one that doesn't give a higher ranking if you took AP.
I don't believe any high school here expects any "signed contract" as in the video. Some say you have to take the test but don't enforce it. (It does cost $83 and the free/reduced reduction isn't that much lower so it's not possible to make a kid take it who doesn't have the money to do so.)
It is one of those "it's here but does it really work and what else do we have" problems.