Sunday, October 21, 2012

Regardless of the Grades They Earn, AP/IB Classes Help Students Persist in College

From U.S. Dept. of Ed.

The Center for Public Education has published a report connecting certain high school conditions with later success in college. The study cites three factors that most contribute to student post-secondary success: receiving strong academic advising, taking high levels of math, and taking AP and/or IB classes. Even when students fail the end-of-course test, taking an AP/IB course had a dramatic effect on students’ chances of completing college. According to the report, "Low achieving and low-income students who took an AP/IB course were 18 percent more likely to persist in four-year colleges and 30 percent more likely to persist in two-year colleges. The more courses a student took, the higher their persistence rates." Read the report.

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