MERC Publications

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Original Publication Date


Date of Submission

April 2021


This report from the Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium (MERC) explores research related to Advanced Placement (AP) courses through an equity lens. It answers five questions: 1) What are AP classes? 2) Who enrolls and succeeds in AP classes? 3) Why do disparities in AP matter? 4) What factors contribute to disparities in AP participation and performance? 5) What policies and practices help to address disparities in AP access, enrollment, and performance? The report comes from the MERC Equitable Access and Support for Advanced Coursework study.

Recommended Citation

Naff, D., Parry, M., Ferguson, T., Palencia, V., Lenhardt, J., Tedona, E., Stroter, A., Stripling, T., Lu, Z., & Baber, E. (2021). Analyzing Advanced Placement (AP): Making the Nation’s Most Prominent College Preparatory Program More Equitable. Richmond, VA: Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium.

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VCU MERC Publications



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