We are in the midst of a national debate over the worth of Advanced Placement courses and tests in high school, says Jay Mathews for The Washington Post. The weight of opinion so far is on the side of AP. The program is growing. Thousands of college professors and tens of thousands of high school teachers support it. Most of the available data shows that high school students who do well in AP courses and tests do better in college than students who do not take AP. But a few very selective colleges have resisted giving much credit...

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