>I have NO DOUBT that a >LOT of the AB AP calculus debacle of the past 2 years (any data on this >year yet?) is because of the pendulum swinging way farther than anybody at >the College Board dreamed.
Pardon my ignorance but I do not follow the AP Calculus scene and had no idea of this.
How bad was it last year? Fewer students? Poorer pass rates? Both?
Jerry Rosen may rant louder than I do but he is absolutely right about the performance decline of LA area CSU students over the last decade. The Entry Level Math exam failure rate has gone from 28% in 1989 to 54% last year if I remember the numbers correctly. For African Americans it has risen to over 80% statewide and over 90% here in the basin. The math majors (except for foreign immigrants of which we get quite a few, thank God) are basically awful. And the reform movement that has been preached for decades out here is never to blame. Not quite true. Some school boards are pulling back over the kicking and screaming bodies of the reform leaders. I appeared to testify at two this week (two more than usual) and you'd have thought that the issue was to sacrifice first born children, not give intermediate school parents in each school a choice of supplemented reform (all but the most chauvinistic now agree that some supplementation.of the Glencoe Investigating Mathematics is necessary) or the reviled of the reviled, Saxon math, that had enough higher performance numbers that parents were requesting transfers to the Saxon school and got the issue on the table.