ERIC Number: EJ1034806
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
The Advanced Placement Opportunity Gap in Arizona: Access, Participation, and Success
Cisneros, Jesus; Holloway-Libell, Jessica; Gomez, Laura M.; Corley, Kathleen M.; Powers, Jeanne M.
AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, v11 n2 p20-33 Sum 2014
Participation in Advanced Placement (AP) classes and AP test-taking are widely viewed as indicators of students' college readiness. We analyzed enrollment in AP courses and AP test outcomes in Arizona to document disparities in students' access to rigorous curricula in high school and outline some implications of these patterns for education stakeholders. Findings suggest that although 80% of high schools in Arizona offered at least one AP course, the total number of AP courses offered varied considerably across schools. Small schools and schools that served higher percentages of minority students were less likely to offer a wide range of AP courses than large schools and schools with majority White student populations. Although Hispanic students were underrepresented in AP courses, they had the highest test-taking rate. Only a third of the Hispanic students who took AP courses passed the AP test.
Descriptors: Advanced Placement Programs, Access to Education, Enrollment, Test Results, Secondary School Curriculum, High Schools, Small Schools, Minority Group Students, Hispanic American Students, Disproportionate Representation, Student Participation, High School Students, Public Schools, White Students, African American Students, American Indian Students, Asian American Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Advanced Placement Examinations (CEEB)