What motivates students to take advanced placement (AP) classes and what strategies can school districts employ to appropriately recruit students to the program?





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The research question addressed regards the motivations of students that take Advanced Placement (AP) classes and what strategies districts employ to appropriately recruit students. The motivating factor of this capstone was a district policy to raise the number of students in AP classes as well as the AP exam scores once students have taken the class. The capstone details the benefits and drawbacks of AP programs as well as strategies that districts in the United States have used to raise AP student numbers. The author documents the reasons her students chose to take AP classes as well as some strategies to help them improve their performances. The author also documents students that chose not to take AP and the motivations behind that choice. The author concludes with strategies that she will use in the future to help raise the success and strengthen her district's AP program.

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