MIT is revamping its core curriculum in a number of key ways, most surprising (maybe) of which is the elimination of AP credit for any required course except calculus:
The committee [charged with revamping the curriculum] also enters the growing debate nationally about AP credit — and suggests a change in MIT’s policy of letting individual departments decide whether or not to let students count AP credit toward various requirements. The committee notes that MIT historically has recognized that some students benefit from advancing rapidly in their educations, in part through the use of AP credit. But the committee says that there is “a growing body of evidence” that students who earn top AP scores and place out of institute introductory courses ending up having “difficulty” when taking the next course. The exception to this is calculus, where a top score does typically indicate that a student is prepared for the next course at MIT.
The move seems targeted specifically at science courses, but it sounds like they are referring to any required course, including humanities and social science courses. Either way, this seems like something of a “no confidence” vote in the AP system, and I wonder if other schools — and those who create and use the AP courses in high schools — will take note.