Expanding High School Rigor

Nick Anderson:

To that end, Deasy proposed that by the 2007-08 school year each of the county’s 22 major high schools should offer at least eight AP courses, which are meant to introduce students to college-level study. Currently, AP offerings in the county vary widely. Many high schools have only a few.
The College Board, which oversees the AP program, will help the school system train a new corps of 200 AP teachers over the next year. In addition, the school system plans to expand subsidies for AP test fees to help ensure that needy students take the tests.
“It’s a monumental culture shift,” Deasy said. “AP will be on the tongue of every kid around here before too long.”
Michael Marchionda, a College Board official working on the project, called it “a multiyear effort” to widen student access to AP. “It’s very comprehensive,” he said.
The county school board will consider the plan Thursday and is expected to support it.
“People asked for rigor,” said Chairman Beatrice P. Tignor (Upper Marlboro). “We’ve got rigor.”