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A Comparison of College Performances of AP and Non-AP Student Groups in 10 Subject Areas

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2008-12-31
Leslie Keng
Barbara G. Dodd
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This study sought to compare the peformance of students in the College Board Advanced Placement Program (AP) compared to non-AP students on a number of college outcome measures.  Ten individual AP Exams were examined in this study of students in four entering classes (1998-2001) at the University of Texas at Austin.  The study's results support previous research that AP students performed as well if not better than non-AP students on most college outcome measures.

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College Outcomes Comparisons by AP and Non-AP High School Experiences

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2008-10-17
Linda Hargrove
Donn Godin
Barbara G. Dodd
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Performance was examined for five cohorts of 1998-2002 Texas public high school graduates through their first year and 1998-2001 cohorts through their fourth year of Texas public higher education.  Student performance on college outcomes included (a) first- and fourth-year grade point averages, (b) first- and fourth-year credit hours earned, and (c) four-year graduation status.  Outcomes were compared across students who varied by three types of AP (course only, exam only, and both course and exam) and two types of non-AP (dual enrollment only and other course only) experiences in high school.

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