On 3/27/12, Robert Hansen <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> The "94" metric (actually I just rechecked, it is 93) was for a single > state, Florida. Some states are better and some states are, well, probably > better. The details are in this post... > > http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=7746419&tstart=15 > > This is how college works, isn't it Lou? Unreasonably high rates of > attrition that everyone takes for granted. The cost of doing business. Do > you have a lot of experience with teaching classes where more than half of > your students fail? This is what 70% of the AP classes in Florida look like. > You are right, it is a local issue. That is how our schools are run. But it > has national importance. I think it is also important for parents to realize > that AP is not a uniformly run program. AP had every reason going for it to > be a standard bearer, but something or someone else had other plans.
Let's be clear here. (Yes---I know. You think clarity unimportant.) The AP program *is* "uniformly run". It isn't run by the State of Florida, nor is it run by individual schools or school districts. It's run by the College Board.
Florida evidently has a preparation problem---whether it pertains to teachers, to students, or to both I can't say. But it seems clear that a large fraction of Florida's students who enroll in AP Calculus are not prepared to do so, or that a large fraction of Florida's teachers who teach AP Calculus are not prepared to do so, or that both statements are true. That's a local problem---not a problem with the AP program.
As to your continued complaints that the passing scores for the AP Calculus exams are too low, I suggest that you, yourself, would have grave difficulty in achieving what you think a good score might be on the Free Response portion of the exam if you were to take it, sight-unseen, under the conditions students do so.
- --Louis A. Talman Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences Metropolitan State College of Denver