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February 28, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Coming Sunday: Local educators give A.P. instruction a makeover

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Advanced Placement, or A.P., is quickly becoming the accepted standard for college-level coursework in U.S. high schools. The popularity of the College Board program has exploded in the past decade, with more than 2 million students taking one or more A.P. exams last year.

Despite its growing popularity, A.P. has its share of critics. Some say the structure of the coursework forces students to merely memorize facts for a test without giving them an opportunity to analyze what they’re learning. Others point to a growing test failure rate among some minority groups.

Education Lab’s next story examines how a new form of A.P. instruction used at Sammamish High School in Bellevue and Garfield High School in Seattle is attempting to address these concerns. Pick up a paper or visit seattletimes.com/education this Sunday for the story.

In the meantime, watch the video above for an overview of the new, project-based teaching approach.

Have you taken an A.P. course before? Share your experiences with Education Lab in our reader survey.

Comments | More in News, Video | Topics: Advanced Placement, AP, Sammamish High School

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