- 建立於 2015-09-24, 週四 12:37
TAKING ADVANCED COURSES IN HIGH SCHOOL
Students can take the US college-level credit courses in high schools, which benefits from a program called Advanced Placement (AP). The College Board in the US created the AP program that offers college-level curricula and exams to students who are still in high schools. If a student can obtain high scores on the AP exams, many US colleges and universities can grant the student correspondent college course credit.
AP courses are offered in more than 19,000 high schools around the world and most of them are here in the United States. For a high school that offers AP courses, these courses must be audited by the College Board to make sure they satisfy the AP curricula. We can assume that the better the high school is, the more AP courses are offered. Let us take DC Public Schools for example, according to its website, for the School Year 2015-2016, AP course offerings will expand across the District of Columbia. All DC public high schools will offer at least six AP courses, but most high schools will offer many more. One high school in DC will offer as much as 29 AP courses for this school year.
Currently there are 37 AP courses and exams in the AP program. Course subjects are various, which includes English language, math, science, world languages, etc. Students have opportunities to choose the AP courses and exams they like to take. In the past, the most taken AP exams were English Language and Composition, and the least taken AP exam was Japanese Language and Culture. The number of high school students who have taken AP exams has grown dramatically. Last year, DC public high schools students had the highest AP participation rate in the US.
Why should a high school student take AP courses and exams? What are the benefits then? The biggest benefit could be saving money! Most US colleges and universities offer college credit for students who receive qualifying AP exam scores. Students do not have to pay these credits earned through the AP exams, which actually means they can save college tuition. Also, students who have taken some AP courses could have more time to take other courses in college. Research has shown that participating in AP program makes a student stand out in college admissions. Admission officers would probably know that a student is ready for the challenges of college if they see the student has taken AP courses in high school. Most likely students who have taken AP courses in high school have developed more college level academic skills.
Nothing is perfect. AP program receives its criticism as well. The AP courses cover too much material in a short period time. Students may not deeply grasp the concepts and their creativity and inquiry are suppressed in the AP courses.
沒有什麼是完美的。 AP項目也招到批評。 AP課程在很短的一段時間內涵蓋過多的內容。學生可能沒有深入把握的所學概念，並且AP課程抑制他們的創造力和探究能力。