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Student Participation in Acceleration Programs Has Increased; Legislature Has Taken Steps to Reduce Program Costs, Report No. 08-70, December 2008
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  • A growing number of Florida’s high school students are taking advantage of acceleration courses and programs. Compared to the 2002 high school graduates examined in our prior report, a larger percentage of 2007 graduates participated in at least one acceleration course. Most of this growth resulted from a large increase in the number of students taking Advanced Placement courses. While more high school students are participating in Advanced Placement courses, the percentage of these students qualifying for college credit has decreased slightly since 2002.
  • Acceleration programs are relatively expensive to provide at high schools and the state’s costs of generating college credit hours through these programs exceeds the cost of providing comparable courses at postsecondary institutions. Consistent with our prior recommendations, the 2008 Legislature took steps to address this issue and control program costs by reducing the rate of incentive funding for accelerated programs. This change should save the state $34 million.

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Acceleration Programs

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. 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.
  • Report No. 06-24 Acceleration Programs Provide Benefits But the Costs Are Relatively Expensive, published in March 2006.

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