Curriculum Studies

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Promises, Promises: Is the Advanced Placement Program as Beneficial as its Advocates Claim?

Friday, November 10
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: 210 B

The Advanced Placement program is the most popular way of providing gifted high school students with access to an advanced curriculum. In 2016, 2.6 million students took 4.7 million AP tests. These high participation numbers reflect the assumption of many students, teachers, administrators, and parents that it is good for students to participate in AP. However, recently education researchers have questioned this assumption. This presentation discusses the limits of scholars' knowledge of the academic, economic, and other benefits of the AP program. Results show that it may be wise for adults to temper their enthusiasm for AP for their expectations for the program to match reality.

Russell T. Warne

Associate professor of psychology
Utah Valley University

Dr. Russell T. Warne is an associate professor of psychology at the Department of Behavioral Science at Utah Valley University. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 2011 with his PhD in educational psychology with an emphasis in research, measurement, and statistics. His substantive interests are in giftedness, advanced academics, and human intelligence. He has published over 40 articles in professional journals and is the author of "Statistics for the Social Sciences: A General Linear Model Framework," a new statistics textbook published in 2017 by Cambridge University Press. Dr. Warne has won multiple awards from NAGC, the most recent being the 2014 Paper of the Year in Gifted Child Quarterly.

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