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February 11, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Advanced Placement

Don’t push it

Fifteen percent of 16,000 students taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams receive a score of three or higher [“High state grades for AP exams,” editorial, Feb. 9]. What’s wrong with this picture?

If three is passing, then either the test is not valid or the teachers are not qualified to teach these high-level classes.

Also, there might be a third reason: The students might not be ready for such rigorous classes. In any case, I do not believe that these classes should be pushed down students throats.

— Mike Dougherty, Bellevue

Asking for college in high school

In your editorial, you advocate for more rigorous schooling so as to better prepare students for Advanced Placement (AP) courses, the “bridge[s] linking high-school students with college-level rigor.”

If a student passes an AP exam, the AP course taken counts for college credit (in some schools). Thus, AP classes should be considered college-level courses. Therefore, you’re suggesting that schools should teach at much higher-grade levels, college in high school, for instance.

AP courses are not for everybody, and if they were, it would defeat the purpose. AP stands for “Advanced Placement,” not “Adequate Preparation.”

— Catherine Schmidt, Yarrow Point

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