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Old 11-13-2019, 03:26 PM
Manda JO is offline
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Originally Posted by silenus View Post
Not really. For 20 years I taught AP European History to sophomores. The class was open to any student who had the stones to take it. They and their parents had to sign a contract stating that they knew what they were getting into, they were committed to taking the AP test in May and they couldn't bail on the class when they discovered the class was harder than they thought. That gets rid of the looky-loos quite quickly.

The "non-AP" kids were often the most motivated and the hardest-working.
Also, it's worth noting that a great pass rate doesn't always mean it's a better teacher. A greater % of kids in AP Physics pass than the % of students that pass my AP English class--but my absolute number is much higher, because I take them all and he takes the top half. So which one of us is more successful?