Improving Economic Literacy: The Role of Concurrent Enrollment Programs

30 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2003

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Donald H. Dutkowsky

Department of Economics, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University

Jerry M. Evensky

Syracuse University - Department of Economics

Gerald S. Edmonds

Syracuse University - Project Advance

Date Written: December 3, 2003

Abstract

This paper introduces Concurrent Enrollment Programs (CEPs), within the context of Syracuse University Project Advance (PA) Economics, as a way to improve economic literacy. We describe measures implemented to operate PA Economics as a high-quality CEP, as well as the National Alliance of Concurrent Education Partnerships to establish national standards. This study also contains results from administering to high school students taking PA Economics the nationally normed Test of Economic Literacy (TEL). PA students average nearly one percentage point higher than the AP/Honors Economics Group, and score considerably better than AP/Honors Economics in fundamentals and international economics. By cognitive level, PA Economics students score over four percentage points higher on questions than AP/Honors Economics in the knowledge area, and the findings present evidence of better performance on application questions. PA Economics students also average over seventeen percentage points better than those taking the TEL in AP/Honors Social Studies courses.

JEL Classification: A20, A21

Suggested Citation

Dutkowsky, Donald H. and Evensky, Jerry M. and Edmonds, Gerald S., Improving Economic Literacy: The Role of Concurrent Enrollment Programs (December 3, 2003). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=476146

Donald H. Dutkowsky (Contact Author)

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Jerry M. Evensky

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Gerald S. Edmonds

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