Is AP Good for Everyone?: A Discussion with Partisans and Doubters

SPONSOR / HOST

Thomas B. Fordham Institute

LOCATION

Washington, D.C.

EVENT DATE(S)

12/09/2019

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Learning in the Fast Lane: The Past, Present, and Future of Advanced Placement, a new book by Chester Finn and Andrew Scanlan, tells the story of the Advanced Placement (AP) program, widely regarded as the gold standard for academic rigor in American high schools. AP is enormous today—22,000 participating schools, 3 million students a year taking 5 million exams—and embraced and praised by many, but not by all. Some elite private schools have turned against it while some educators and policymakers favor dual enrollment in its many forms as a better alternative for kids. Advanced Placement faces other challenges, too, including curricular culture wars, credit denial by prominent universities, and the difficulty of infusing its rigor into more schools.

Featured participants are:

  • Clara Haskell Botstein of the Bard Early College High Schools to explain the benefits of dual credit and early-college programs for high-school students.
  • Peter Gow of the Independent Curriculum Group and One Schoolhouse to explain why dozens of high-status prep schools are repudiating AP.
  • Trevor Packer, who heads Advanced Placement at the College Board, to explain today’s AP program, important recent changes and additions to it, and its merits going forward.
  • Jack Smith, superintendent of schools in Montgomery County MD, to offer a veteran practitioner’s perspective on how AP (and IB) function in a large, diverse school system and explain why that system is working to expand their reach.
  • Chester Finn will engage the other participants and moderate the conversation.

Agenda:

11:30AM Lunch available

12:00PM Introduction of Participants and Book

12:15PM Discussion with Participants

1:10PM Audience Q&A 1:30PM Conclusion