In every shining example of how Common Core might transform the classroom, there was also evidence of a robust support system. Teachers weren't alone in attempting to decode the standards, design new content, seek professional development, and choose relevant assessments. For the vast majority of educators however, these four areas remain disjointed or missing entirely -- Common Core or not.
Caralee Adams -- More and more high school students are enrolling in Advanced Placement courses with the hope that the experience will better prepare them for college and boost their chances in the application process.
But an analysis of AP research by a Stanford University faculty member calls into question the consistency of AP courses and blanket claims about the benefits.
American students need skills for a 21st century world, but our educational system is stuck in the 19th. Part of the problem is our fractured system for educating and assessing students: A student in Los Angeles may be competing with students in Beijing, but her state and her local school board will decide what she can and can't learn.
Anthony Cody -- Sixty individuals, ONE teacher among them, will write national education standards in the next five months, in a secret process that excludes effective input from students, parents or teachers.
TIME named College Board President David Coleman to the 2013 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The full list appears in the April 29 issue of TIME, available on newsstands and tablets on Friday, April 19, and now at time.com/time100. Coleman became the ninth president of the College Board in October 2012.
Erik Robelen -- If the College Board were to create a new Advanced Placement math course, which subject would get your vote? Applied mathematics? College algebra? Differential equations? Something else? This is more than a rhetorical question, as I recently discovered that, in fact, College Board officials are in the very early stages of contemplating a new mathematics offering. In addition, an AP accounting course and exam may eventually be developed as well.
As Advanced Placement exams have expanded to a more diverse group of high school students, more failures and lower average results seemed almost inevitable. But recent high school graduates seem to be bucking the trend: For the first time on record, average scores, the percentage passing and top scores are all increasing.
School officials in Billerica, Mass., say they are launching a new Advanced Placement program to increase access for all students to high-level science, technology, engineering and math courses and create a pipeline to college- and career-related STEM fields. However, a secondary goal is to bring more female and minority students into the AP STEM program's "diversified" classes.
Valerie Strauss -- The ACT college admissions test overtook the SAT for the first time as the most popular college admissions exam by a margin of a few thousand students.The College Board, which owns the SAT, has been watching the ACT’s ascent for several years, and has taken some steps to try to reclaim its position. Here’s a piece by Nancy Griesemer about what the College Board has been doing to promote the SAT.
Dartmouth College recently announced it will no longer accept Advanced Placement credits from incoming freshmen, sparking a debate concerning the academic worth of Advanced Placement credits at all college institutions, including Elon University.
Jay Mathews -- Almost all colleges give credit for good scores on AP tests because the program prepares students for the rigor of higher education and in many cases, according to research, teaches them more than they would get in college introductory courses. But a few colleges have succumbed to their faculty’s resentment of high school teachers showing them up.