ERIC Number: EJ1043134
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
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Back to the Future: Merit or Equity in AP Social Studies?
Social Education, v77 n5 p252-255 Oct 2013
In an effort to address severe budget deficits at both the state and local levels, schools and educational programs are being asked to trim budgets. The Advanced Placement Program is one program that will certainly be scrutinized. This article presents a general overview of AP social studies, a brief history of the AP social studies program, and observations and analysis of the program that may help in the decision-making process. In a period of severe budget cuts, will AP programs survive and if so who will be allowed or selected to participate? This question will force many school districts to choose between two fundamental values: merit (Jefferson's meritocracy) or equity (fulfillment of the American Dream).
Descriptors: Social Studies, Advanced Placement Programs, School District Spending, Student Participation, Equal Education, Educational History, Testing, Achievement Gap, Selection Criteria, Academic Achievement, Secondary Education
National Council for the Social Studies. 8555 Sixteenth Street #500, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Tel: 800-683-0812; Tel: 301-588-1800; Fax: 301-588-2049; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.socialstudies.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
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