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Advanced placement classes failing to prepare students

Florida Times-Union reporters Topher Sanders and Mary Kelli Palka used open records laws to obtain data on Advanced Placement classes that the Jacksonville, Fla. school district didn't want public. Sanders and Palka used the data to compare students' performance in AP classes, and on the national AP exam and the state's standardized test, the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). The investigation found that 29 percent of all AP seats in Jacksonville schools last year were occupied by students who couldn't read on grade level, and revealed huge disparities between grades in classes and scores on the national AP exam.

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