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AP Audit Finds Course Content Variation
College Board has completed an audit of high school courses and did not approve the content and syllabus for 33% of them. Moreover, 2,081 high schools did not even try to get apporved once they read the AP course standards. These high schools will not offer any AP courses. Defencies in textbooks and content inclusion were cited by College Board. For example, some comparative government courses did not include Islamic governments. Audit problems were much more prevelant in low income high schools.
This audit reinforces many studies that found it is what is in a course that matters for strong college preparation
, not the label. But changing course quality is a long hard process of working with many high school teachers. The first step, however, is to find out what teachers intend to teach, and if the instructional materials have glaring omissions do something to rectify this. For more details go to http://www.collegeboard.org/
Labels: academic preparation, curriculum alignment