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New Study Shows that AP Program Expanded by Change the Equation Member Companies Igniting Learning for Thousands of Youth


WASHINGTON, Feb. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A rigorous study just released by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) finds that students who were part of the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program (APTIP) "took and passed more AP course and exams, and enrolled in college in greater numbers. Most of this increase occurred at four-year colleges and private universities. Affected students were also more likely to persist in college, to earn more college credits, and slightly more likely to earn a bachelor's degree. In addition, affected students were more likely to be employed and earned higher wages."

Change the Equation (CTEq) member companies—BAE Systems, ExxonMobil, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Texas Instruments, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Verizon— brought APTIP to thousands of students across the country as part of the Igniting Learning initiative which expanded high-quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs. The new APTIP sites reach more than 26,000 students in 18 public high schools that serve a large number of military families in 8 states.

The CTEq coalition picked APTIP as a program to expand because of the dramatic results it has had for low-income students and students of color, who are much less likely than their peers to take and pass AP tests. APTIP combines support for students, training for staff, and cash incentives for both with a host of other measures to get more students to take more AP classes and pass more AP tests.

"This research confirms that extraordinary results are possible when students are exposed to high-quality, engaging learning opportunities," said Linda Rosen, CEO of Change the Equation. "As the report notes, this study offers 'the first credible evidence that implementing college-preparatory programs in existing urban schools can improve both the long-run educational and labor market outcomes of disadvantaged students.'"

Change the Equation (CTEq) is an unprecedented non-profit, non-partisan initiative of business leaders who are connecting and aligning their philanthropy and advocacy to transform science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning in the United States.

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