High school students perceive AP classes as a necessary aspect to the college application process, but in reality they are no longer a distinguishing characteristic for enrolling into a prestigious college one day. Since an overall consuming number of students participate in at least one AP class, they have lost their exclusiveness. Some schools require students to incorporate AP classes into their schedules to prove to them they are capable of taking a harder class. This only leads to more people taking the test and increasing scores to make the high school l...
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...rous measures. AP classes should be a privilege where only a select few have the opportunity to attempt skipping over some college classes. Making these classes more restricted would decrease competition when only the gifted students would be enrolled. Overall the stress level in high school students would decrease when the pressure of an advanced class is released. Students would take the majority of Gen-Eds in college and get a better foundation of broader knowledge in a more appropriate environment. However, high schools could also host smaller and fewer AP classes in a community college or lecture hall so students could get a better feel for the environment of a real college course layout. In the classroom, teachers should not emphasize one final test score so much but maintain consistency in a students’ effort to learn by weighing midterms and classwork heavier.
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