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Hoosier Colleges Likely to Continue Accepting AP Credits

1/27/2013

AP courses taken by high school students aren't good enough for some colleges any more.

Last week, Dartmouth College announced that it would no longer award credits to students for Advanced Placement (AP) courses they take in high school, beginning with freshman who enter Dartmouth in the fall of 2014. AP courses are offered through the College Board and are designed to allow high school students to take college-level courses, theoretically reducing the among of time needed to earn a college degree.

Dartmouth says it's psychology department recently tested the quality of the AP psychology exam by giving a final exam in entry-level psychology to incoming students rather than awarding them college credit. The college says 90-percent of students who normally would have received college credit through the AP exam failed the college's final.

Ashlyn Nelson studies education policy with the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at I-U and says she does not think colleges and universities in Indiana will follow Dartmouth's lead. Nelson says AP courses were touted often by the state Department of Education during the tenure of former state superintendent Tony Bennett, and says she does not expect that to change under new superintendent Glenda Ritz.

Nelson also says the use of AP courses will likely be encouraged by higher education institutions as they try to reach the Commission on Higher Education's goal of boosting Indiana's college completion rate.

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