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The impact of participation in the Advanced Placement program on students’ college admissions test scores
The Journal of Educational Research (2015)
  • Russell T Warne
  • Ross Larsen, Brigham Young University - Provo
  • Braydon Anderson, Utah Valley University
  • Alyce J. Odasso, Utah Valley University
Abstract
The Advanced Placement (AP) program is an educational program that permits high school students to take introductory college-level courses and receive college credit by passing a standardized end-of-course exam. Data were obtained from a statewide database of 2 high school graduating cohorts (N = 90,044). We used a series of propensity score analyses and marginal mean weighting through stratification to examine the impact of the AP program on students' academic achievement as measured by ACT scores. Results indicate that merely enrolling in an AP course produces very little benefit for students. Students who take and pass the AP exam, however, obtain higher ACT scores, even after controlling for a wide variety of academic, socioeconomic, and demographic variables. The authors conclude the article by discussing aspects of the AP program that remain unanswered.
Keywords
  • advanced placement,
  • college admissions,
  • high school,
  • propensity score analysis
Publication Date
September, 2015
DOI
10.1080/00220671.2014.917253
Citation Information
Russell T Warne, Ross Larsen, Braydon Anderson and Alyce J. Odasso. "The impact of participation in the Advanced Placement program on students’ college admissions test scores" The Journal of Educational Research Vol. 108 Iss. 5 (2015) p. 400 - 416
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/rwarne/31/