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Topic: AB/BC or AB only?
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Scott Drucker

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AB/BC or AB only?
Posted: Jun 7, 1998 8:26 PM
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I am new to this mailing list and I would like to to pose the =
following question. =20

Presently our school offers AB, BC & Scale Calculus(College Credit) =
and I presently teach AB Calculus. Next year, the BC teacher will be =
retireing and I was thinking about proposing a change in our program. =
Overall our students do not do particularly well on these exams(We have =
a small percentage of very bright students). Is it true that the =
students are compared with others who are taking the exam and thus a =
certain percentage receives a 5-4-3-2-1. If so, would a split AB/BC AP =
program put the AB students at a disadvantage since there are many more =
schools that offer AB Calculus only. Thus my students(top21-40) would =
be competing against the top 20 students in any given school. =20

Statististics for 1997 AP exam
AB BC
number of students taking exam 111,834 22,668

number of schools 8793 2284

Also, the BC Calculus meets one period (40 minutes) each day and the BC =
teacher finds it difficult to complete the course. Would we be better =
suited to offer two AB Calculus classes instead of AB/BC.

Thank you for any suggestions.

Scott Drucker
Scott.Drucker@Trim.Net
Farmingdale HS, NY
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