This week I was talking to a parent about her son’s AP World History class. She was convinced that his teacher was making the material too simple for him to have a real chance of doing well on the exam. She felt this way based upon his performance on material that she had received from another AP World History at a different school.
Although I do not subscribe to the belief that test results are always a valid measure of the quality of teaching, I do think parents should know that they can take a look at how well the students of a particular AP teacher do on the exam that he or she is preparing them for.
I think the information might be useful to examine so that parents could try to get their son or daughter into the AP classes with instructors that have the best pass rates. If I were a parent and the school that my son or daughter attended had several teachers of the AP course, I would look at the numbers.
If you feel the same way, get AP Exam pass rates for Hillsborough County by teacher at http://www.tampabay.com/specials/2009/interactives/ap-scores/
(This link has scores for both Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties…keep scrolling for Hillsborough County AP Test scores by school and teacher….)
I could not find the data for Pasco County AP results by teacher, so if anyone knows where it can be found, please post a link in the comments.
Eric is a private tutor in Wesley Chapel. He tutors writing and history, SAT, AP American Government, AP American History and AP World History. Call him at 813.787.8959 or email him at eanderson216 at verizon dot net.