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ERIC Number: ED505527
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 40
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
Growing Pains in the Advanced Placement Program: Do Tough Trade-offs Lie Ahead?
Duffett, Ann; Farkas, Steve
Thomas B. Fordham Institute
In 2002-2003, 1 million students participated in AP by taking at least one exam. Five years later, nearly 1.6 million did--a 50+ percent increase. But is growth all good? Might there be a downside? Are ill prepared students eroding the quality of the program? Perhaps harming the best and brightest? To find out, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute commissioned the Farkas Duffett Research Group to survey AP teachers in public high schools across the country. Perhaps not surprisingly, the AP program remains very popular with its teachers. But there are signs that the move toward "open door" access to AP is starting to cause concern. (A foreword is provided by Chester E. Finn, Jr., and Arthur M. Winkler. Two appendixes are included: (1) Methodology; and (2) Complete Survey Results. Contains 14 footnotes and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Thomas B. Fordham Institute