Students who take challenging classes -- including Advanced Placement courses -- for the first time perform well if they have proper support, said Derek Turner, a spokesman for a Maryland school district. However, several parents told columnist Jay Mathews that they felt their children's progress was harmed by taking such courses before they were ready.
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