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ERIC Number: EJ763159
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May-9
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Rigorous Courses, Fresh Enrollment
McNeil, Michele
Education Week, v26 n36 p28-31 May 2007
School leaders have joined a six-state effort by the National Governors Association (NGA) aimed at making Advanced Placement (AP) classes more widely available, recruiting nontraditional students to enroll, and working to make sure those students succeed in the college-level courses. Participants say the NGA initiative is showing impressive early results in overcoming barriers such as lack of teacher training, little money to create new classes, a curriculum in earlier grades that is not rigorous enough to prepare students for AP, and difficulty in getting minority and low-income students to enroll. In the first full year of the two-year grant program, which awarded states $500,000 each, the 49 participating schools have increased their minority enrollments in AP classes by a combined 52 percent, and the number of low-income students by 57 percent. Overall, the schools have increased their AP offerings by 27 percent. "That speaks to the fact that there is a great hunger out there for more challenging coursework," said David Wakelyn, an NGA senior policy analyst who is directing the grant project, which field-tests AP strategies in at least one rural and urban school in each of the six pilot states. The strategies in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Nevada, and Wisconsin, the pilot states, are similar. There is a focus on training teachers, recruiting students, and bolstering the middle school and lower high school curriculum leading up to AP classes. Each of the states is going further and customizing its approaches.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Alabama; Georgia; Kentucky; Maine; Nevada; Wisconsin