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Advanced Placement Course Access and Achievement in Northern and North Central Appalachia
by Harman, Yolanda Michelle, Ed.D., Frostburg State University, 2020, 253; 28316172
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of the study was to explore the relationship between and among Advanced Placement program access, classified as either open or closed, and the access and achievement of high school aged students who reside in rural, low population demographic areas of northern and north central Appalachia and who qualify for fee reduction-eligibility. For such a study, the variables were AP program placement practices classified as open or closed, access of fee reduction-eligible students to Advanced Placement courses, and the achievement of fee reduction-eligible students on AP examinations.

A sample of students from 88 Appalachian high schools within seven states was used to examine access and achievement of fee reduction-eligible students to AP examinations in four content areas. A significant association was found between placement practices and access to AP course examinations. No significant association was found between achievement and placement practices for fee reduction-eligible students. Students in the study sample who could equally access AP courses can also be equally successful. While this subject does require further study, it is the recommendation of the researcher that barriers prohibiting all students from accessing rigorous courses in an equitable fashion be given consideration in the high school setting. Such experiences enhance opportunities beyond high school education.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Stoothoff, John L.
Commitee: Thompson, Glenn E., Celimli-Aksoy, Seniz
School: Frostburg State University
Department: Educational Professions
School Location: United States -- Maryland
Source: DAI-A 82/8(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Secondary education
Keywords: Advanced placement program, Closed placement practices, Fee reduction-eligibility, Northern and North Central Appalachia, Open placement practices
Publication Number: 28316172
ISBN: 9798569977888
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