Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Learning in the Fast Lane – The Past, Present, and Future of Advanced Placement - Princeton Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Learning in the Fast Lane: The Past, Present, and Future of Advanced Placement

Chester E. Finn and Andrew E. Scanlan


The Advanced Placement (AP) program stands as the foremost source of college-level academics for millions of high school students in the United States and beyond. More than 22,000 schools now participate in it, across nearly forty subjects, from Latin and art to calculus and computer science. Yet remarkably little has been known about how this nongovernmental program became one of the greatest success stories in K–12 education—until now. This book offers an account of one of the most important educational initiatives of our time. The book traces the story of AP from its mid-twentieth-century o ... More

Keywords: American high schools, Advanced Placement program, high school, education, K–12 education, educational initiatives

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691178721
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691178721.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chester E. Finn, author
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Andrew E. Scanlan, author
Thomas B. Fordham Institute