The AP Frontier: Offering Advanced Courses in Less-Resourced Schools

The advanced placement (AP) program has rapidly expanded in recent years, causing some to question whether certain courses – including AP science and math – can be successfully offered in less-resourced schools.

In one of the first studies of its kind, a team of researchers set out to chart the “frontier” of AP expansion, and the fidelity with which schools offered AP science for the time.

University of Washington Professor Mark Long discusses the team’s findings and some important implications for school leaders, policymakers and future research.