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Shortchanged

How Advanced Placement Cheats Students

How the College Board's emphasis on standardized testing has led the AP program astray.

Every year, millions of students take Advanced Placement (AP) exams hoping to score enough points to earn college credit and save on their tuition bill. But are they getting a real college education? The College Board says that AP classes and exams make the AP program more accessible and represent a step forward for educational justice. But the program's commitment to standardized testing no longer reflects its original promise of delivering meaningful college-level curriculum to high school students.

In Shortchanged, Annie Abrams, education scholar and high school English teacher, uncovers the political and pedagogical traditions that led to the program's development in the 1950s. In revealing the founders' intentions of aligning liberal arts education across high schools and colleges in ways they believed would protect democracy, Abrams questions the collateral damage caused by moving away from this vision. The AP program is the College Board's greatest source of revenue, yet its financial success belies the founding principles it has abandoned.

Instead of arguing for a wholesale restoration of the program, Shortchanged considers the nation's contemporary needs. Abrams argues for broader access to the liberal arts through robust public funding of secondary and higher education and a dismantling of the standardized testing regime. Shortchanged illuminates a better way to offer a quality liberal arts education to high school students while preparing them for college.

About the Author

Annie Abrams (NEW YORK, NY) teaches high school English. She holds a doctorate in American literary history from New York University.

Endorsements

"Annie Abrams pulls back the curtain on the AP program to show that it has betrayed its founding ideals of providing high school students a liberal arts education. Funny, thoughtful, and informed by Abrams's experience teaching AP courses, Shortchanged convinces us that the AP program does not deserve its platinum reputation."

- Nicholas Tampio, Fordham University, author of Common Core: National Education Standards and the Threat to Democracy

"In Shortchanged, Dr. Annie Abrams demonstrates not only that the current AP regime has drifted far from its original mission, but that today it threatens the spirit of liberal education in a democracy. Far from encouraging independent thought and creative teaching, it has become a money-making machine that stifles students' and teachers' engagement with meaningful subject matter."

- Johann Neem, Western Washington University, author of What's the Point of College? Seeking Purpose in an Age of Reform
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