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MVHS narrows achievement gap

Original post made on May 1, 2015

Three years ago, staff at Mountain View High School set out to increase the number of Latino and other underrepresented minority students in Advanced Placement (AP) and honors classes. The idea was that plenty of minority students are capable of taking the rigorous courses that look great on a college application, but they just needed that extra level of encouragement from teachers and counselors.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, May 1, 2015, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Anon
a resident of another community
on May 1, 2015 at 12:06 pm

The only accomplishment, so far, is that the high school enrolled a bunch of kids in AP classes.

We still don't know whether any of them actually passed the AP. Nor do we know whether pass rates for other subgroups changed.

The only evidence we have on student performance in an indirect quote from the consultant who ran the program. Naturally, she thinks it is working great.

Maybe the expanded AP program is doing great. Maybe the expansion resulted in a dilution of the curriculum and lower pass rates. We don't know, because the press release came before it was possible to do any real analysis.

You don't have to publish just because the school wants a press release. It's better to do a substantive article once there is sufficient data to evaluate the success or failure of the program.

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