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Class Struggle: June 7, 2009 - June 13, 2009

Shocker! Some Teachers Like AP for All

When I got to work Monday, I was certain I was about to be pummeled by e-mails telling me what an idiotic column I had written that day praising high schools that were trying to get everyone, even struggling students,...

By Washington Post editors  |  June 12, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Trends  | Tags: AP Advanced Placement International Baccalaureate IB  
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Extra Credit: What Sort of Family Wants Stories Like This?

Dear Extra Credit: I am a soon-to-be stepmother to a lovely 12-year-old girl. She recently brought home a bright pink book with yellow smiley faces on the cover titled "TTYL" (Talk To You Later, in text/Internet-speak). The author is Lauren...

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 11, 2009; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Extra Credit  | Tags: middle school, school reading  
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Admissions 101: Should Colleges Ditch the SAT for AP as the Main Admissions Exam?

A little while back in Admissions 101, Jay asked whether the day of the SAT might be numbered: Matt Gray, spokesman for Bryn Mawr College, just alerted me to their new admissions policy that, I think, anticipates a day when...

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 9, 2009; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags: AP, SAT, college admissions  
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New Challenge Index Twist: Catching Up

Newsweek unveils its 2009 America’s Top High Schools list today, all online. About 1,500 schools, the most ever, will be ranked by participation rates on college-level exams, particularly Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge. I invented Newsweek’s and the Washington...

By Washington Post editors  |  June 9, 2009; 3:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags: Advanced Placement, Challenge Index, International Baccalaureate, school rankings  
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Is AP for All A Formula For Failure?

I spend much time with aggressive Advanced Placement teachers. They tell me, quite often, that students must be stretched beyond their assumed capabilities. Whenever I try to pass on this advice, however, I become a target for ridicule and...

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 8, 2009; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Metro Monday  
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