AP (Advanced Placement)

C. Boake cboake at utk.edu
Mon Dec 1 13:51:27 EST 1997

In article <bmartin-0112970903480001 at bmartin.utmem.edu>,
bmartin at utmem1.utmem.edu wrote:

> In article <34819804.60D7 at nospamsalk.edu>, forsburg at nospamsalk.edu wrote:

> > What's scary is that basic principles haven't sunk in 
> > in many undergraduates I see (I don't teach undergrads, but again,
> > they want to get lab experience)--maybe because of premature AP?  
> > And what's absolutely terrifying is that some of these bright 
> > undergrads can't figure out powers of ten or scientific 
> A contributing factor to this problem are standardized exams, even such as
> the PSAT and SAT.  Too many high schools teach to the exam, not the
> material.  The PSAT is used for the first step toward awarding Merit
> Scholarships which schools use as a selling point.  
> B. Martin
> Aside: This problem will get worse if Clinton's plan for a national
> standardized exam is successful.

This perspective is interesting.  Could you please provide citations of
data papers that evaluate the effect of PSAT and SAT on education?


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