Olona, L. (2017). Comparing traditional AP classes to portfolio AP classes in effectiveness of measuring knowledge. The Young Researcher, 1(1), 176-193.
High school students across the United States and internationally take Advanced Placement exams in May each year. These students also spend their school year enrolled in an Advanced Placement (AP) class in preparation for the exam. There is a lack of research on any correlation between a student’s performance in class and performance on the exam. This study aims to compare the difference in correlation between traditional AP classes and portfolio AP classes. Second-semester grades and exam scores were collected from 2015 and 2016 from Norman High School students. Traditional classes had weak, if any, correlation, and portfolio classes presented no correlation. This lack of a relationship between class grade and exam score implies that students are unable to gauge their future exam performance based on class performance. Future researchers should compare data for a greater sample of students as well as regional samples.
Keywords: Advanced Placement, standardized testing, portfolio assessment, AP exams