Wake County Schools

Wake school leaders want more minorities taking AP courses

Posted July 13, 2015

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— Wake County students score above state and national averages on advanced placement courses - but 65 percent of those who take AP courses are white, followed by Asians at 16 percent.

School board members, during a committee meeting on Monday, expressed interest in having more minorities take AP courses. Ideas suggested including identifying bright students while in elementary and middle school.

Board members also expressed interest in students taking courses based on interests, not just to increase their GPA. One solution would be to cap how many AP credits students can earn in a year.

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  • Gen Lee Jul 15, 2015
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    Many people in high school who take AP courses do it for college credit (if it is accepted there). They do it to get common courses out of the way they would have to take in college like math, English and science. The ones who do it are more interested in getting to their major classes instead of "playing" around in general classes.

  • Donnie Dietrich Jul 14, 2015
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    Just another excuse to lower the standards for everyone. We'll be graduating students that cannot read or write at all, forget about that 7th grade level.
    Moving faster towards a 3rd world country. Circling the drain now.

  • Tom Boswell Jul 14, 2015
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    Good point Rebecca. Debating 101 states the first one to make it personal loses.

  • John Jones Jul 14, 2015
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    Brian White- See if you can find the error in my last message. Does it make you feel smarter....lol

  • John Jones Jul 14, 2015
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    BRIAN WHITE-Both your son's what? I think you left a word out since someone bragging about their children taking AP courses and teaching them at home surely knows the difference between plural and possessive.

    We didn't ask for either....How's that? Your message doesn't make and sense either.
    "I think you left a out a word "since someone bragging about their children taking AP courses"

    My point is that you have to be involved with your kids education for them to excel. You can criticize my grammar all you want, but it isn't going to change the statistics. BTW didn't you mean "since someone IS bragging" or "since someone who is bragging".lol

  • Rebecca Caldwell Jul 14, 2015
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    What a nasty comment. Do you think ridiculing people for simple errors makes you a superior person?

  • Marcy Lyn Jul 14, 2015
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    Guess there are some kids who better start studying !

    My son had an IEP, didn't take AP courses but went on to ECU and received a Major in Engineering Technology and a Minor in Engineering Management.

    Depends on the kid and what he wants out of life !

  • Brian White Jul 14, 2015
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    Both your son's what? I think you left a word out since someone bragging about their children taking AP courses and teaching them at home surely knows the difference between plural and possessive.

  • Sean Creasy Jul 14, 2015
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    Instead of focusing on how many minority students are taking college prep classes they should instead be focused on raising the minority graduation rates first don't you think?? More lip service from a board that hasn't got a clue....

  • Melissa Noderer Jul 14, 2015
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    What would the purpose be in limiting Advanced Placement courses?
    Actually, a student and high school counselor needs to know what a courses a college or university accepts. Not all institutions of higher education accept AP course work.
    My granddaughter is entering college with 12 AP credits..the pressure in HS to achieve was very great--in fact, sometimes the pressure is too great for the students. Yet others thrive.
    All students should have the opportunity to take AP courses. But they should go into it with their eyes wide open--it can be a pressure cooker.

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