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ERIC Number: ED561056
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 30
Abstractor: ERIC
Access to Excellence: A Report of the Commission on the Future of the Advanced Placement ProgramĀ®
College Board
The College Board's Advanced Placement Program was founded in 1955 to provide high school students an opportunity to take on the challenges of college-level work while still in high school. For 46 years, students have enrolled in AP courses, taken rigorous end-of-course AP Examinations to demonstrate their achievement, and frequently have received college credit or placement into more advanced college courses if they performed successfully on these exams. Over the past two decades, AP's emergence as a nationally recognized program of academic excellence has led to its rapid growth in the nation's schools. With growth have come challenges: How can the high quality of AP be maintained during a period of rapid growth? How can the existing educational inequities in student access to high-quality AP opportunities be diminished? In the 1999-2000 school year, only 57 percent of the nation's schools offered AP courses. Growth must include expansion of AP opportunities to those who have previously been denied them. Students should have access to AP no matter which school they attend. To directly confront the challenges that accompany the growth of AP, the Board of Trustees of the College Board established in 1999 the Commission on the Future of the Advanced Placement Program. During six meetings of the commission in 1999 and 2000, the dual challenges of providing equitable access to AP and maintaining the high quality of AP as the Program grows dominated the commission's discussions and became the central themes for this report and its recommendations. This report lists recommendations from the 2001 Commission on the Future of the Advanced Placement Program.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: College Board