The Rocky Transition From High-School Calculus

High-School Calculus: The Elephant in the Classroom 1

Michael Morgenstern for The Chronicle

Amid the many signs of underperformance in American education, the growth and geographic spread of Advanced Placement courses in high schools is a widely admired success story. For several decades, AP calculus has been a standard-bearer for this movement, representing a singular mark of academic accomplishment for the ablest students, their teachers, and their schools.

Unfortunately, for the majority of those students, AP calculus has become not a steppingstone but a stumbling block.