Virtual School Meanderings

March 5, 2013

AJDE Issues and Frameworks for K–12 Online Distance Education – Measuring Success: Examining Achievement and Perceptions of Online Advanced Placement Students

As I mentioned earlier this week, the American Journal of Distance Education – Special Issue: Issues and Frameworks for K–12 Online Distance Education has been published. Today I want to post the abstract from the second of the articles from this special issue.


Johnston, S., & Barbour, M. K. (2013). Measuring success: Examining achievement and perceptions of online Advanced Placement students. American Journal of Distance Education, 27(1), 16-28.

Measuring Success: Examining Achievement and Perceptions of Online Advanced Placement Students

Abstract: The purpose of the research was to compare student performance on Advanced Placement (AP) exams from 2009 to 2011 at Florida Virtual School and to explore student perceptions of their online course experience compared with the classroom-based AP experiences. The data indicated that students performed at levels comparable to the national sample but higher compared with other Florida students. The data also showed that students perceived benefits to both their online and classroom AP courses. Both these findings lend credibility to the delivery of AP in an online format but also indicate that the design, delivery, and support of the instruction was paramount regardless of delivery model.

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