Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Local dual-credit classes easier to pass than standardized AP tests: Not Good!

"Last night I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I'll never know"

LMT's Nick Georgiou writes about the different ways that local students may get ahead in their nascent college carreers. There's good news and bad news. Students do more or less OK in dual-credit courses but fail big-time in nationally standardized Advanced Placement tests.  It sounds to me like the locally administered dual-credit courses are simply too easy. This doesn't do anything for truly preparing high schoolers for college success

From The Laredo Morning Times

Amid skyrocketing college tuition costs, thousands of Texas students are jumping at the opportunity to earn college credits before graduating high school. How they get those credits, however, is being debated statewide.

Their two avenues are the challenging Advanced Placement (AP) exams and the dual credit programs, which allow high school juniors and seniors to enroll in college courses. If they pass the course, they are guaranteed to receive credit for it from both their high school and the college.

But it’s not a guarantee for AP exams, as students can receive college credit or advanced placement depending on university and college admissions policies. Also, according to local figures, students are much more likely to pass a dual credit course than an AP exam.

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