Evans School Associate Professor Mark LongThe National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Associate Professor Mark Long a $2.6 million, four-year study of redesigned Advanced Placement (AP) science courses. The study will be done in collaboration with Dylan Conger of the George Washington University's Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration and Raymond McGhee Jr. of SRI International.
The research teams will focus on both implementation and student outcomes resulting from the revised AP science curriculum developed by the College Board in collaboration with NSF and the National Research Council. The new curriculum is designed to emphasize the development of scientific inquiry skills rather than just the acquisition of limited knowledge across many content areas.
The study’s findings will provide the first experimental evidence on the effects of taking an inquiry-based AP science course and whether it impacts students’ educational progress and success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects. The findings will be useful for the College Board, educators, and policymakers seeking to strengthen the teaching of science in high school.
The project will take place in 40 high schools across the nation, and the study will include more than four thousand 11th and 12th grade students.