ProPublica thinks that Florida’s education system is doing well because many more students are taking AP tests and advanced math. Florida’s education system may be doing comparatively better than its peers, but AP classes and advanced math probably won’t be the best metrics.
To paraphrase Morpheus, in The Matrix, there’s a difference between “knowing the path and walking the path.”
Or in this case, taking the test and passing the test.
You see, even though more kids are taking the AP tests, a much higher percentage are also failing them.
It’s probably good to give kids a more rigorous curriculum, especially one prepared by the College Board, but a class is still just a class. If you don’t have the skills to take AP calculus, you will probably not do well in AP calculus.
A more rigorous curriculum is definitely one piece of a solution to education disparities in America. Alone, however, it’s just another gimmick.