The College Board reported on February 21 that a record 1.17 million students in the high school Class of 2017 took at least one Advanced Placement course. That’s up from 1.14 million in one year and far more dramatically over a decade. Of the Class of 2007, 23.9 per cent took at least one AP course, but the share is 37.7 per cent for the most recent class.
The article in InsideHigherEd focuses on the distribution of various ethnicities in the AP programme. But from a more distant European perspective, the most striking notion is that for almost 40% of the US cohort, the formal education system simply doesn’t perform well enough and that those who can afford, need to buy their way into the remedial teaching needed to get entrance to decent higher education.