I teach the AP statistics content, however. If I were to teach ordinary stats content as defined under California's 1997 math standards (I've seen too many versions of Common Core standards to know yet what I'm supposed to teach!), the course wouldn't take a semester. In fact, under California's standardized testing regime, most of the non-AP standards are assessed on Algebra 2 students--even though this statistics material isn't part of the Algebra 2 standards!
It's a very goofed-up system.
As I said, I teach the AP content. No, I don't teach it to the detail or rigor required of an AP course, but I teach the content (and then some). I've had students email me from college and tell me they didn't learn anything in their college stats classes because they'd learned all the material in my class. It's rewarding to hear that.
I tell my students that if they're doing well in class, and if they're willing to put in a little bit of additional effort, they could do well on the AP test. I don't recall how many students I had who took the AP Stats test this year, but I could remember 3 by name. I haven't heard from one of them but the other two both scored 4's. I'm fairly pleased.
That's a long introduction to this story in the major Sacramento newspaper:
Performance on AP tests has improved locally even as more students take them. About 62 percent of AP tests in the region featured scores high enough to earn college credit last year, up from 60 percent in 2010 and 56 percent in 2005, state figures show...This ties in tangentially with this post of mine from 2 1/2 years ago.
Denise Pope, a senior lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, recently conducted a review into the value of AP classes. She said the rise in students taking the classes may not be as positive as many parents and administrators hope.
"There is really not clear research on what you get out of an AP course," she said. "Will you do better in college, save money or get out of certain classes and perform better in classes? There is not good data"...
While many universities grant college credit to students who score at least a 3 out of 5, top private schools have stricter criteria and typically require a 4 or 5 depending on the subject.
Charles Cole, senior associate director of admissions and outreach at California State University, Sacramento, said students who come into college with AP credits have a clear advantage. About 1,500 of the school's 3,100 freshmen had AP credit upon admission last year, up 17 percent from 2011, he said.