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Document Number: 7949

Student Participation in Acceleration Programs Has Increased; Legislature Has Taken Steps to Reduce Program Costs - In 2007, a larger percentage of graduates participated in at least one acceleration course. Most of this growth resulted from a large increase in the number of students taking advanced placement courses. However, the percentage of these students qualifying for college credit has decreased slightly. Acceleration courses are relatively expensive to provide at high schools and the state’s costs of generating college credit hours through these programs exceeds the cost of providing comparable courses at postsecondary institutions. Consistent with prior OPPAGA recommendations, the 2008 Florida legislature took steps to address this issue and control program costs by reducing the rate of incentive funding for accelerated programs....

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