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Dylan Conger, George Washington University

The Effect of Advanced Placement Science on Students' Skills, Confidence, and Stress
When Oct 08, 2018
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where 1101 Morrill Hall
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Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Presentation

We report results from the first experimental study of the Advanced Placement (AP) program, the most widely-implemented advanced curriculum in US secondary schools. Our results suggest large positive effects of taking an AP science course on students’ skill in science and their interest in pursuing a STEM major in college. At the same time, taking AP science decreased participant’s confidence in their ability to complete college courses in science, their grades, and their self-reported physical and emotional health.

About the Speaker

Dylan Conger

Dylan Conger is a Professor at the George Washington University Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. She is also a research affiliate at the George Washington Institute of Public Policy and New York University’s Institute for Education and Social Policy. Dylan’s research focuses on explaining disparities in achievement between social groups and evaluating policies aimed at reducing those disparities. Examples of current projects include an experimental study of Advanced Placement courses and the role of peer and alumni networks in the labor market outcomes of college students from traditionally-underrepresented groups. Dylan is currently a Co-Editor for the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management and on the Editorial Boards of American Educational Research Journal, the Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, and Educational Researcher. Dylan currently serves on the Policy Council of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management and recently served on committees at the National Academy of Sciences and the Scientific Review Panel of the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. Before joining the faculty at GW, Dylan held research positions at the Vera Institute of Justice and Abt Associates, Inc. where she conducted evaluations of social and education programs.

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