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The Best Of Our Knowledge
The Best Of Our Knowledge
#1566: The Past, Present & Future Of AP | The Best Of Our Knowledge







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In-person or online, more students than ever are taking AP classes in high school meaning more ambitious goals for many schools.

This week on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll replay a conversation about advanced placement classes.

We’ll also spend an Academic Minute telling stories about disasters.

Advanced Placement or AP classes have been around since the 1950s, and are now offered in over 22,000 schools across the US. It was once reserved for high income, high achieving schools, but since the 1980s a much more diverse population of students are part of the program. That’s the topic of the book Learning in the Fast Lane – the Past, Present and Future of Advanced Placement by Dr. Chester Finn, Jr and Andrew E. Scanlan. Last fall, We spoke with Andrew Scanlan about the book and about AP in the US. He is a Research and Policy Associate at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute in Washington, DC. We asked how he got involved in this project.

Learning in the Fast Lane – the Past, Present and Future of Advanced Placement is published by Princeton University Press.

It’s important for communities to have their stories told after an natural disaster. That’s the topic of today’s Academic Minute.