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Is increased access enough? Advanced placement courses, quality, and success in low-income urban schools
Journal for the Education of the Gifted (2011)
  • Ronald Hallett, University of the Pacific
  • Kristan Venegas, University of Southern California
Abstract
This article combines descriptive statistics and interviews with college-bound high school students to explore the connection between increased access and academic quality of Advanced Placement (AP) courses in low-income urban high schools. Results suggest that although moderately more opportunities to take AP courses exist than in previous years, students’ sense of their own preparation and their resultant performance on AP exams do not indicate quality or appropriate preparation for college. The article is guided by a “funds of knowledge” framework, which emphasizes the value of instrumental and content aptitudes in preparation for college success.
Keywords
  • advanced placement,
  • educational access,
  • low performing schools,
  • college access
Publication Date
2011
Citation Information
Ronald Hallett and Kristan Venegas. "Is increased access enough? Advanced placement courses, quality, and success in low-income urban schools" Journal for the Education of the Gifted Vol. 34 Iss. 3 (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ronald_hallett/8/