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With release of 2016 Advanced Placement results, AirTalk asks whether AP classes adequately prepare students for college

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The College Board released results today looking at how high schools and students performed in 2016 under its Advanced Placement program.

The report shows an uptick in both the participating and passing rates for graduating high school students. The number of students taking AP exams have also gone up to 1.1 million students, a two-fold increase from a decade ago.

The year-long class and tests are aimed at helping outstanding students get through college faster,  potentially saving time and tuition.

But criticisms of the AP program persist, including the lack of participation from rural or low-income students. Moreover, as more student are enrolling in AP classes, more colleges are questioning how much credit they should give for AP results.


Paul Weinstein, director of the MA in Public Management program at Johns Hopkins University

Michael J. Petrilli, president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a Washington-based educational policy organization

Paul Gothold, superintendent of Lynwood Unified District; the school district is the recipient of the 2017 National AP District of the Year award