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Education Research International
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 659212, 14 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/659212
Research Article

Advanced Placement Scores for Black Male Students from Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Massachetts, and Texas

1Houston Independent School District, Houston, TX 77092, USA
2Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 77341, USA

Received 18 June 2014; Accepted 20 August 2014; Published 31 August 2014

Academic Editor: Leonidas Kyriakides

Copyright © 2014 Jeanine L. Wilson et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Differences in student performance were analyzed for Black males in Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Texas on the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition, Calculus AB, Biology, and United States History examinations from the 2001 through the 2012 exam years. All analyses included in the comparisons of overall examination scores and U.S. History examination scores were statistically significant. Of the 48 individual examination comparisons, 26 yielded evidence of a statistically significant difference among the Black male students from the selected states. Massachusetts was the state with the highest percentages of Black male students who achieved an AP score of 4 or 5. Conversely, Texas was the state with the highest percentages of Black male students who failed to achieve an AP score of 4 or 5. Implications for policy regarding advanced placement testing as an avenue for preparing students for college and recommendations for future research are discussed.