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Can an Informational Intervention Increase Black, Latino, and Low-Income Student Participation in Advanced Placement Courses?

Primary Investigator(s): Awilda Rodriguez

Funding Agency: William T. Grant Foundation

Period: 7/1/2017 - ongoing

Professor Rodriguez’s study, “Can an Informational Intervention Increase Black, Latino, and Low-Income Student Participation in Advanced Placement Courses?” examines what criteria, if any, high schools use to determine eligibility for AP coursework, and how that information is communicated. She will also test whether students who attend high schools that provide information about the accessibility and benefits of AP have higher participation rates in AP relative to students who attend high schools that do not provide such information using a randomized control trial design. Under the mentorship of Fred Doolittle at MDRC, Rodriguez will expand her expertise in designing and executing experimental studies to strengthen her ability to test policy solutions that directly shape college-going for marginalized populations.