The AP program stands out as a gold standard of educational attainment.
Successful completion of AP classes and good exam scores strongly correlate with success in college because AP classes focus on deep understanding, not just recall.
Voluntary and Independent
The Advanced Placement program is voluntary, and independent from government oversight. It also works within any school system–public, private, or charter.
The Advanced Placement programs foster choice, raise standards, create accountability, strengthen curriculum, encourage deeper learning, assist with college entrance and success, and encourage great teaching.
Expanding the AP program has become a critical means to equalize opportunity for hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged students.