ERIC Number: ED250366
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Mesa Unified School District Advanced Placement Program--Perspectives of Former Students. Research Report 52.
Troidl, Robert; DeGracie, James S.
Graduates of the Mesa Public Schools Advanced Placement (A/P) program were surveyed to determine: (1) their attitudes toward their experience in the program; (2) college credits received for their A/P classes; and (3) their suggestions for A/P program improvement. A/P courses, offered within the regular curriculum, have grown significantly since their introduction in 1977. One hundred and eighty-two of 579 former A/P students responded to a mailed questionnaire in January 1984. Over 80 percent of the respondents felt the A/P classes helped prepare them for college work, were a valuable experience, and were more interesting and challenging than other classes. Most felt more A/P classes should have been offered (especially computer science and computer classes), and they should have taken more. Sixty percent received no college credit for their A/P classes. Twenty-three percent received between four and ten hours of semester credit. Many students felt unprepared for the College Board A/P tests. Students expressed concern about the accuracy and availability of information about the A/P program. They also felt an A/P class should not be dropped for lack of students. The survey used is appended. (BS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Mesa Public Schools, AZ. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers: Advanced Placement Examinations (CEEB); Mail Surveys; Mesa Public Schools AZ