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Advanced Placement Programs -- Research Starters Education

By: Merritt, Roy D.;

2008 / EBSCO


The Advanced Placement Program (APP) is an early college option program in which high school students take college classes for credit to get a head start on college-level coursework. This article discusses five Advanced Placement (AP) programmatic elements: (1) courses and classes; (2) teachers; (3) students; (4) examinations; and (5) credit. External AP examinations administered by the College Board are used to validate AP college-level courses. Students may also be granted advanced placement or standing which may exempt them from certain introductory-level courses and permit them to take higher-level courses in the subject area. Although the APP has traditionally been directed to a very select population of highly qualified students, there have been renewed efforts in recent years to expand access and participation for rural, low-income, and minority students.