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The Two Faces of A.P.

Designed fifty years ago to give a select few high school students a head-start on college work, the Advanced Placement program is now administered to over a million students nationwide, and is viewed by many students (and parents) as an essential element in the college admissions process. Yet as numbers swell, many of those elite schools that pioneered the A.P. coursework are now looking for ways to free their students from a program some claim can "hijack the curriculum." From the New York Times' special section, Education Life.

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