Published Online: April 17, 2012
Published in Print: April 18, 2012, as AP Coursetaking

Report Roundup

AP Coursetaking

"Do College-Prep Programs Improve Long-Term Outcomes?"

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

New researchRequires Adobe Acrobat Reader suggests that paying students and teachers for high scores on Advanced Placement exams can yield some academic payoffs.

Author C. Kirabo Jackson of Northwestern University, in Evanston, Ill., examined the Advanced Placement Incentive Program, a college-preparatory program for disadvantaged students run by AP Strategies, a Dallas-based nonprofit. Besides providing teacher training and AP-preparation curricula for students, the program offers cash awards for scores of 3 or higher on AP tests. Teachers receive between $100 and $500 for each such score; students get a similar amount and a discount on test fees.

Mr. Jackson said students in the program took and passed more AP courses and were more likely to persist in college, earn college credits, and earn bachelor's degrees than nonparticipating students.

Vol. 31, Issue 28, Page 5

Related Stories
Commenting temporarily disabled due to scheduled maintenance. Check back soon.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories