Jonathan Smith

Associate Policy Research Scientist, College Board

Topic: 
Giving College Credit Where it is Due: Advanced Placement Exam Scores and College Outcomes
Date: 
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Location: 
CERAS Learning Hall

Title: Giving College Credit Where it is Due: Advanced Placement Exam Scores and College Outcomes

Authors: Christopher Avery, Harvard University, Michael Hurwitz and Jonathan Smith, College Board

Abstract: We implement a regression discontinuity design using the continuous raw Advanced Placement (AP) exam scores, which are mapped into the observed 1-5 integer scores, for over 4.5 million students. Earning higher AP integer scores positively impacts college completion and subsequent exam taking. Specifically, attaining credit-granting integer scores increases the probability that a student will receive a bachelor’s degree within four years by 1 to 2 percentage points per exam. We also find that receiving a score of 3 over a 2 on junior year AP exams causes students to take between 0.06 and 0.14 more AP exams senior year.