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April 22, 2014

OU no longer accepts AP Statistics for course

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma recently made a change in credit opportunities that may affect Norman Public Schools’ students who plan to take the Advanced Placement exam for statistics.

The AP statistics exam will no longer be accepted as credit for the OU course Elementary Statistics.

“Decisions regarding credit opportunities through the Advanced Placement Program are always faculty driven at OU. Periodically, a review will be made comparing the test structure and content with the content and expected outcomes of related courses,” said Matt Hamilton, OU vice president for enrollment and student financial services. “Faculty from the Department of Economics made the determination that the national examination fell short of our expectations of what students should learn in our ECON 2843 Elementary Statistics course.”

Norman Public Schools’ students who are enrolled in an AP statistics class have been notified in the change of policy so they can adjust any college plans they might have if needed.

“When a university decides and determines a change of policy regarding college credit and we’re made aware of those new policies, we immediately make that information available to students, as was the case here,” said Shelly Hickman, Norman Public Schools public information officer.

Although the national AP statistics exam will no longer qualify for college credit in place of OU’s ECON 2843, the Department of Psychology has determined that the test content reflects appropriate equivalency for PSY 2003 “Understanding Statistics,” Hamilton said.

Students who score a 5 on the AP statistics exam can receive credit for PSY 2003. Additionally, PSY 2003 counts as a general education course for mathematics.

“The district remains confident that students benefit from AP courses, regardless of college credit,” Hickman said. “Our students acknowledged that these challenging classes bring value to their education.”

Katherine Parker

366-3541

kparker@normantranscript.com

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