January 24, 2018

Mark Long Presents at National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Science Education

Professor Mark Long made a presentation to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Science Education. Long presented his research on the “Effects of AP Science on Students’ Scientific Inquiry Skills and College Matriculation.” This research was
co-authored by Dylan Conger (George Washington U.), Alec Kennedy (Evans School PhD Candidate), and Ray McGhee Jr. (Equal Measure). Long and colleagues find that AP science courses were more intellectually challenging and provided more opportunities for inquiry-based science than available to students in the control group. Taking AP science substantially increased students’ science skill and STEM interest above the courses that these students would otherwise take, and these gains flowed mostly to those with better prior preparation.