For the past two decades, the College Board has moved aggressively to expand the number of high school students taking Advanced Placement courses and tests.
Some 60 percent of A.P. exams taken by low-income students this year scored too low for college credit, a statistic that has not budged in 20 years.
One expert went so far as to call the group’s research briefs “junk science.”
But expanding A.P.’s reach is crucial to the College Board’s future. From 2019 to 2022, revenue from its other signature product, the SAT, plummeted to $289.2 million from $403.6 million, as more colleges dropped testing requirements for admissions.