The purpose of this action research, mixed methods study was to explore the impact of the AP Program on the high school and college experience of students, both from an academic and a "lived experience" perspective. In addition, the study investigated the costs and values of the AP Program to the institution itself. The study revealed that the AP Program continues to contribute significant value to students' high school educations, generally prepares them well for success at college, and often contributes to the acquisition of important credit and placement accommodations for students when matriculating at college. The study also revealed that, although the Program contributes a great deal of stress to the high school experience, students do not see this as a significant impediment to participation. However, the study also revealed several opportunities for the institution to better prepare students for the rigor of the Program and their use of AP scores in obtaining accommodations at college. Finally, the study demonstrated that while the AP Program contributes important value to the teaching experience, marketing of the institution, and the college admissions success of the school, there are important issues that warrant further consideration and review, not the least of which is the quality of the non-AP curriculum that is offered to students who do not meet the prerequisites of the AP Program.
|Commitee:||Ciccone, Joseph, Moesch, William H.|
|School:||College of Saint Elizabeth|
|School Location:||United States -- New Jersey|
|Source:||DAI-A 75/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Education Policy, Education, Secondary education|
|Keywords:||Advanced placement, Ap, College preparation, Independent school, Rigorous curriculum|
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