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But neither study controls for a sufficiently robust set of student characteristics to rule out the hypothesis that selection effects account for most of the relationship between AP and college outcomes. The larger study of all Texas public institutions by Hargrove, Godin and Dodd matched AP and non-AP students only on two measures, SAT I scores and participation in free-lunch programs, while the smaller study matched students only on SAT I scores and high-school class rank. As a result, the studies control for far fewer variables than previous researchers have considered, leaving open the possibility, and indeed probability, that systematic differences in student motivation, academic preparation, family background How Should High School Students Prepare for College?

In my opinion, How Should High School Students Prepare for College? ” Surveys of college professors and K–12 educators have found large gaps between how well prepared high school teachers think their students are for college and what college faculty members think. A survey released last month by The Chronicle of Higher Education, for example, found that while 31 percent of high school teachers believed their students were “very well” prepared for college-level work, only 13 percent of professors agreed.

Three-quarters of 2004 AVID graduates were accepted to four-year colleges and, according to the program’s founder, Mary Catherine Swanson, nearly nine in 10 AVID graduates re-enroll for sophomore year fully academically qualified. ” Ms. Swanson said. ” Part of that preparation, she argues, is making students savvy consumers of higher education. “Our students tell us, so many of the colleges now have professors whose first language isn’t English, and it’s hard for the kids to understand,” she said as an example.

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