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Most Acceleration Students Perform Well, But Outcomes Vary by Program Type, Report No. 06-25, March 2006
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  • Over a third of high school seniors who graduated in 2001-02 took at least one accelerated course during high school.  The availability of these courses, which include Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Dual Enrollment, varies substantially among school districts and schools, as does student participation.
  • Most (71%) of these students earned the test scores and grades needed to become eligible to receive college credit.  However, this outcome varied substantially among the programs.  Only slightly more than half (54%) of AP students took and passed the exams needed to be eligible to earn college credit for their courses.  In contrast, almost three-quarters (73%) of the IB students took and passed their qualifying exams, and while 91% of the students participating in dual enrollment earned high school credit, 86% earned college credit. 
  • Compared to other states, Florida had the highest participation rate for AP exams in 2004 but relatively low pass rates for AP exams in 2004.  Florida had the highest number of IB participants in the nation, and was among the top 10 states in student performance on IB exams. 

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. 06-24 Acceleration Programs Provide Benefits But the Costs Are Relatively Expensive, published in March 2006.

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