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1 What Michigan high school principals need to know about Advanced Placement MASSP Podcast February 12, 2009

2 What is Advanced Placement? Established in 1955 by College Board and Carnegie Foundation Purpose: support challenging course work for high school students External examination: student can receive college credit, depending on score/ college policy Over 1.7 million students take AP courses and exams per year Nearly three million AP exams taken last year

3 How big is AP? College admissions Course selection One of the most highly respected brand- names in secondary education (Sadler & Tai, 2006)

4 Where is Michigan in AP? 2004: Cherry Commissions concern about Michigan HS graduates in college – 90% of HS freshmen say they want to go to college – 41% of HS graduates enroll in post-secondary education directly out of HS – 18% finish bachelors degrees Michigans AP participation – 2005: 27 th among 50 states – 2008: 30 th among 50 states

5 Understanding AP AP is not college preparatory; AP is college. AP should be rigorous, but AP should not be a students first experience with rigor. The principals role in a schools AP program is big. Understand what AP does to/for teachers, students

6 Understanding AP: What really matters Greater course selection – Offer more, and more varied, courses Greater inclusion – More junior-level offerings – Less gatekeeping – More recruitment of underrepresented students (economically disadvantaged, ethnic groups) Greater preparation – AP teachers – Pre-AP teachers – Students

7 Understanding AP: What really matters Greater exam participation – Current research: AP qualifiers have the greatest advantage in college – Strategy: Emphasize exam Increase exam participation Increase exam success

8 Understanding AP: Best use of resources What is the best use of resources in supporting greater AP exam participation and success – Fee subsidies: Not generally a great use of funding, BUT... – Professional development for AP/Pre-AP teachers College Board workshops AP Summer Institute – Pre-AP and vertical team support SpringBoard AVID

9 AP Summer Institute: Lapeer East HS Two sessions in June 2009 Features: – Air conditioning – Michigans only APSI hosted by a public high school – Lead instructors are all College Board consultants, AP exam readers – Sessions are course specific – Pre-AP: English for teams within building/district – CEUs/CMU graduate credit available

10 Contact: Mike Hobolth Lapeer East HS


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