"Within the 20% of admission offices that value some AP subjects over others: #1: Calc AB; #2: Calc BC; #3: Chem; #4: Bio; #5: Eng Lang."1 This was a quote from the College Board's head of AP, Trevor Packer, when he was reporting the 2015 AP Exam Score Distributitons which certainly speaks highly of the value placed on taking an AP Calculus AB or BC class.
In its Advanced Placement Report to the Nation: the College Board stated that the Advanced Placement Program ® enables students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. That’s a pretty bold statement if you think about it. When I remember my college Calculus courses they weren’t for the fainthearted.
In order to backup their claim of offering college level studies, the College Board went to the faculty of several universities and asked them to list the curricular requirements of their courses and the textbooks they used. As a result, the College Board implemented an AP Course Audit, designed to ensure each course labeled "AP" provides students with the content knowledge and resources needed for them to have a successful college-level experience while still in high school.
As to whether an AP ® Calculus course successfully provides a rigorous and academically challenging calculus course, the following findings speak for themselves: “…while the Third International Math and Science Study found that U.S. math and physics students “were not leading, but lagging behind other students around the world in mathematics and physics achievement, ”2 AP students, even those scoring 1's and 2's on the AP Exam, were hailed for having demonstrated in the study, calculus and physics knowledge comparable to that of the highest achieving calculus and physics students in the world.” 3
The Ars Mathematica Online AP ® Calculus AB and BC courses have been audited and approved by the College Board as authorized AP ® courses.
The Ars Mathematica Online college textbook and syllabus provide high school students an opportunity to participate in a rigorous and academically challenging course.
Each Ars Mathematica Online AP ® Calculus course is a complete two-semester course for homeschoolers. The BC course covers all of the AB topics, plus the additional BC topics, to fulfill the requirements of the College Board BC Course Description.
1,2015 AP Exam Score Distributions Trevor Packer http://www.totalregistration.net/AP-Exam-Registration-Service/2015-AP-Exam-Score-Distributions.php (2015)..
2 Eugenio J. Gonzalez, Kathleen M. O’Connor, and Julia A. Miles, “How Well Do Advanced Placement Students Perform on the TIMSS Advanced Mathematics and Physics Tests?” (2001), The International Study Center, Boston College.
3 Advanced Placement Report to the Nation 2013 (2013) The College Board.
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