Are prerequisite skills needed in advanced placement courses?
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Type of Work26 p.
action research papers
ProgramMasters of Education
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SubjectsEducation -- Research papers (Graduate)
Advanced placement programs (Education) -- Research.
Education, Secondary -- Research.
Education -- Research papers (Graduate)
This Action Research attempted to determine if having prerequisite skills impact the success rate of the students in A.P. courses and if the students other courses were affected by the A.P. placement. One of the major decisions that school schedulers deal with is deciding who should be enrolled in Advanced Placement (A.P.) courses and who should not. One school of thought is that A.P. courses should be open for a greater amount of students who have not completed the prerequisite skills, as they would benefit from the additional rigor and demands of the course. Another school of thought is that by letting everyone into the class a teacher can only differentiate so much before the A.P. class becomes “watered down.” A third consideration is that minorities are underrepresented in A.P. classrooms across the country. What was found was that the students who had significant deficiencies in prerequisite skills also had significant disparities in their grades as compared to the grades of the students who did complete the prerequisite skills.