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Acceleration Programs Provide Benefits But the Costs Are Relatively Expensive, Report No. 06-24, March 2006
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  • Over one-third of Florida’s 2001-02 high school graduates participated in at least one acceleration program in high school, including Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Dual Enrollment courses.  Half of these students gained college credit for these courses that they applied at a Florida public postsecondary institution.  However, many students did not receive this credit because they did not earn needed grades, did not take or pass required examinations, or did not report the courses to their college. 
  • Generally, accelerated credit hours that students received could be applied to their degree requirements.  Students who graduated from college and who earned accelerated credits typically took 14 fewer credit hours at Florida’s public universities than other students.
  • Overall, the state’s costs for credit hours earned through the AP and IB programs exceed the costs of providing comparable classes at a state public postsecondary institution. However, while these programs are more expensive, they have many non-monetary benefits.  Few other states subsidize AP and IB exams for all students and no states provide as much AP and/or IB incentive funding as Florida.  There are several options the Legislature could consider to reduce acceleration program costs.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Public Schools (K-12 Education)
Acceleration Programs
Education System

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 09-30 University Students Benefit from Acceleration Courses, But Often Retake Math and Science Courses,published in June 2009.
  • Report No. 09-21 More Than 17% of Acceleration Courses and Exams Do Not Result in College Credit, Which Costs State Almost $6 Million,published in March 2009.
  • Report No. 09-12 Modifying Advanced Placement Program Incentive Funding Could Produce Significant Cost Savings, published in February 2009.
  • Report No. 08-70 Student Participation in Acceleration Programs Has Increased; Legislature Has Taken Steps to Reduce Program Costs, published in December 2008.
  • Report No. 06-27 State’s High School Acceleration Programs Are Funded Through a Variety of Sources, published in March 2006.
  • Report No. 06-26 Most Students Receive College Credit for Accelerated Courses; Programs Reduce University Class Time, published in March 2006.
  • Report No. 06-25 Most Acceleration Students Perform Well, But Outcomes Vary by Program Type, published in March 2006.

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