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AP joins funding round for news-tracking startup NewsWhip


NewsWhip, a startup that follows online media content to keep clients informed about emerging trends, has raised $6.4 million in a funding round joined by The Associated Press and Japanese newspaper The Asahi Shimbun. The company will use the money to further develop its technology and to hire additional personnel in Dublin and New York.

Diversity increases among students


Nonprofit reports that more than 18,600 students have enrolled in its Advanced Placement computer science course. Officials say about half of those enrolled are African-American or Latino, a metric that could help narrow the underrepresentation of some student groups in AP computer science classes.

Mass. school offers AP Capstone program, diploma


A Massachusetts high school has introduced the Advanced Placement Capstone program that awards students with a program diploma for completing and passing exams for six AP courses. English-language arts instructional leader Paula Browne said the program's two research and seminar courses are mandatory and help students develop the analytical skills needed for college coursework.

Study: Tracking 8th-grade math students may boost AP scores


In states where a large percentage of eighth-grade math students are tracked, scores for Advanced Placement test takers are higher than in states that do not track, according to a new study. Researchers point out, though, that critics say tracking harms minority students who "are historically underrepresented in accelerated tracks."

N.C. district targets student engagement with AP courses, supports


A North Carolina district is working to improve student engagement and access to college by boosting its Advanced Placement courses and offering supports. Some students are assigned mentors, and officials seek out students whose potential may be overlooked when only recent grades are taken into consideration.

Sources: Qualcomm continues AP dominance with Snapdragon 820 processors


Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 mobile processors are being adopted by a wide range of smartphone manufacturers, continuing the company's global dominance in the application processor market, industry sources note. Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, HTC and Xiaomi Technology are among the handset suppliers that are using the Snapdragon 820 chips, sources say.

Analysis: AP too optimistic about US economic performance


AP reports of the US economy opening the year "with a bang" were overstated, according to Tom Blumer. AP reports the top-line seasonally adjusted figure of 151,000 jobs added, but the economy actually lost 2.989 million jobs in January, Blumer writes, adding that pending home sales endured a year-over-year decline in January.

Teacher training in Ore. built around writing project


Klamath Community College and Southern Oregon University are partnering with the Oregon Writing Project to offer writing instruction to teachers. The partnership includes a workshop on argument writing -- taught by an Advanced Placement English teacher who holds a master's degree -- to help educators across subjects prepare students for the Smarter Balanced assessments and AP exams.

Is dual credit a better option than AP courses?


Dual-credit programs have become more popular than Advanced Placement in a South Dakota school district. A report from the South Dakota Board of Regents finds that the dual-credit option offers better opportunities for students.