Monday, October 15, 2012

AP Creates College Success

Great study highlighted by Edweek on the relationship between AP and college persistence 

This is why we use AP as our indicator for college readiness for the National Math and Science programs!

High-level mathematics: Students improved their likelihood of staying on track toward a credential in two- and four-year colleges by 10 to 20 percent if they had taken high school math though pre-calculus and calculus. 

Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate courses: Taking an AP/IB course also had a dramatic effect on students’ chance of persisting even when students fail the end-of-course AP test. The more of these courses a student took, the higher their persistence rates were. 

Academic advising: Talking to an academic advisor in college either “sometimes” or “often” significantly improved students’ persistence rates as much as 53 percent. This relationship held true for students in two- and four-year institutions.