School faces choice of high participation vs. high scores, principal says.
By Sean Sedam February 14, 2012
For Rockville High School principal Debra Munk, the approach to Advanced Placement comes with a choice: Open AP classes to only the best and the brightest students and passage rates on AP exams are most likely to be high. But encourage more students to take AP classes and the school’s scores are at risk.
“We have opted to give more kids the experience [of AP],” Munk said Tuesday.
Munk said she is “distressed” by Rockville High’s scores.
“However, we have put a great deal of effort in getting our kids exposed to AP,” she said.
Of the 283 members of the school’s Class of 2011, 111 (39.2 percent) earned a score of 3 or higher, according to scores released Wednesday by Montgomery County Public Schools. That lags behind the county (49.6 percent), but ranks ahead of the state (27.9 percent) and the nation (18.1 percent).
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