Evaluating Public Schools
What is Advanced Placement?
According to the College Board website, the Advanced Placement program was designed to allow students to earn college credit while still in high school. The program currently boasts more than 30 college-level course options that include a cumulative exam at the end that enables students to receive college credit for material covered. The AP program also shows college admissions boards that students are able to handle the rigors of a postsecondary curriculum.
- Provide three years of AP
How Best to Rank High Schools?
When Newsweek embarked on this project for the current year, it was no easy task. In previous years, the publication had ranked schools based solely on the number of AP tests taken by each graduate at the school, according to a report at Huffington Post. This year, Newsweek wanted to focus less on mere achievement and more on the solutions high schools were finding to ensure the success of their students. To this end, Newsweek enlisted the assistance of a new set of education specialists to help them develop a set of criteria that would more effectively identify the best schools in the nation.
Columbia Public Schools Offer a Multi-Prong Solution
Columbia Public Schools in Missouri are taking a whole new approach to closing the achievement gap by addressing the problem at many different levels. According to a report at the Columbia Daily Tribune, the district is done pointing fingers at parents, teachers, community members and students. Instead, they are going to focus on bringing all these groups together to provide the best possible educational experience to all of the students in their area.
Undercover in Florida
Birmingham Schools Using Pepper Spray as Disciplinary Measure
School resource officials in Birmingham public schools have been using the pepper spray they are given to provide discipline in a host of situations. In fact, the use of pepper spray has become prevalent enough to prompt a civil rights group to protest its use. According to a report at al.com, the Southern Poverty Law Center has demanded that school resource officers in Birmingham city schools refrain from using the chemical spray on students who are fighting, talking or otherwise disrupting school activity.