ERIC Number: EJ1071756
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
The Impact of Participation in the Advanced Placement Program on Students' College Admissions Test Scores
Warne, Russell T.; Larsen, Ross; Anderson, Braydon; Odasso, Alyce J.
Journal of Educational Research, v108 n5 p400-416 2015
The Advanced Placement (AP) program is an educational program that permits high school students to take introductory college-level courses and receive college credit by passing a standardized end-of-course exam. Data were obtained from a statewide database of 2 high school graduating cohorts (N = 90,044). We used a series of propensity score analyses and marginal mean weighting through stratification to examine the impact of the AP program on students' academic achievement as measured by ACT scores. Results indicate that merely enrolling in an AP course produces very little benefit for students. Students who take and pass the AP exam, however, obtain higher ACT scores, even after controlling for a wide variety of academic, socioeconomic, and demographic variables. The authors conclude the article by discussing aspects of the AP program that remain unanswered.
Descriptors: Advanced Placement Programs, College Admission, Scores, Program Effectiveness, High School Students, College Bound Students, High School Seniors, College Entrance Examinations, Student Records, Statistical Analysis, Student Characteristics, Racial Differences, Ethnic Groups, Socioeconomic Status, Immigrants, Reading Achievement, Language Arts, Mathematics Achievement, Effect Size, Public Schools, English Instruction, Grade Point Average, Tests
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Utah
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment