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ERIC Number: EJ1064153
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0003-1003
Growth and Achievement Trends of Advanced Placement (AP) Exams in American High Schools
Judson, Eugene; Hobson, Angela
American Secondary Education, v43 n2 p59-76 Spr 2015
This exploratory study examined and compared overall trends in growth and student achievement of the Advanced Placement (AP) program. Using data from the past two decades, analyses indicated there has been steady and extensive growth of AP participation, particularly among underclassmen and some minority groups. However, overall achievement, as measured by pass rates, has declined somewhat over the last 20 years with the proportion of students earning the lowest AP score of a 1 increasing twofold. Possible underpinning causes discussed include limited course choices for high ability students, in-class incentive recruitment practices, and changing ethos about AP.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Advanced Placement Examinations (CEEB)