30 years ago, the Advanced Placement biology textbook was daunting enough, at 36 chapters and 870 pages. But the current textbook has 56 chapters and 1,400 pages, along with a profusion of animated videos and Web-based aids that supplement the text. This volume of material which all needs to be covered for the AP test, forces teachers to rush through the material.
Next month, the College board, the nonprofit organization that owns the A.P. exams, is going to change A as well as the SAT, will release a wholesale revamping of A.P. biology. Read whole article here: Rethinking Advanced Placement - NYTimes.com