A College Board report, cited in The Chronicle of Higher Education, states that, “the number of high-school seniors who took at least one Advanced Placement examination before graduating has almost doubled since 2001.” References to the Lake Woebegone Effect aside, this increase in AP exam takers accurately predicts educational attainment: “The report stresses the importance of mathematics and science exams and cites data from the Harvard Education Press that show that students who take math or science exams are more likely than their peers to earn degrees in related fields.” And this trend is naturally having an effect in how schools design curricula:  “‘We need to make sure that we’re building the strongest math and science programs in high school so we can really fortify students for what they will experience in college,'” said Trevor Packer, vice president of the College Board.”

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