ERIC Number: EJ951176
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
Examining the Role of Advanced Placement[R] Exam Participation in 4-Year College Enrollment
Chajewski, Michael; Mattern, Krista D.; Shaw, Emily J.
Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, v30 n4 p16-27 Win 2011
The purpose of the current study was to examine the relationship between Advanced Placement (AP) exam participation and enrollment in a 4-year postsecondary institution. A positive relationship was expected given that the primary purpose of offering AP courses is to allow students to engage in college-level academic work while in high school, and potentially receive college credit by earning qualifying scores on the corresponding AP exam. Therefore, college preparation and planning is an implicit and explicit part of AP participation. Analyzing a national sample of over 1.5 million students, the current study found that AP participation was related to college enrollment, even after controlling for student demographic and ability characteristics and high school level predictors. For example, the odds of attending a 4-year postsecondary institution increased by at least 171% for all three AP participation groups (taking either one AP exam, two or three AP exams, or four or more AP exams) as compared to students who took no AP exams. Given the current political environment and the renewed interest in readying high school students for college, these results may help inform and shape educational initiatives targeted at the school, district, state, or even national level.
Descriptors: Advanced Placement Programs, College Preparation, College Credits, Enrollment, College Readiness, High School Students, College Attendance, Testing Programs, Educational Testing, Correlation
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A