December 13 , 2007 – Washington Post – “In D.C., AP and IB Exam-Taking Nearly Doubles in Two Years”
The number of college-level tests given in D.C. public high schools has nearly doubled in two years, as several regular public schools and charter schools have persuaded many more students to take the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams. The Washington Post's annual Challenge Index survey found that the number of AP and IB exams given in the District has increased to 3,083, compared with 1,628 in 2005. The District has moved from 23rd to 20th among 27 Washington area districts ranked by college-level test participation.
December 11, 2007 – USA Today – “Teacher qualifications improve in the past decade”
Beginning teachers have better academic credentials than their predecessors did a decade ago, suggesting that tougher requirements at all levels — from the federal government to the local teacher's college — have forced teachers' colleges to improve offerings while luring more qualified candidates into teaching.