Coming on the heels of the OECD International Tests on reading, mathematics and science last week, the fact that some BC high schools students continue to be the best in North America when it comes to completing the pre-university assessment — called the “Advanced Placement” (AP) — is a positive outcome. It is particularly positive for those students who are considered “bright” or “gifted” because it challenges them to stretch. Janet Steffenhagen of the Vancouver Sun writes that:
“The province’s top high-school students ranked among the best in the world in another international competition, the results of which were released today. B.C. students who take university courses while attending high school had the best scores in North America in the latest Advanced Placement (AP) College Board assessment, Education Minister Margaret MacDiarmid says in a release. ‘For six years, our students taking university courses in secondary school have consistently performed at a world class level,’ she states.”
Endnote: I included “gifted” in the title of this news post because, in my opinion, only students with above-average abilities would be able to, or want to, complete university courses in high school. What reminded me of that fact was Paul Bennett’s recent post on why schools stigmatized gifted children. Check out the comments on that EduChatter thread as well, as they provide an excellent picture of what challenges parents of bright and gifted children face.