The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is collaborating with state CPA societies and many state departments of education to increase the number of high school educators trained to teach higher-order accounting courses. To date, more than 1,000 high school teachers in 42 states have been trained through the program and are able to teach the course in their local schools.
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This initiative was created to help the accounting profession improve its ability to attract high-potential, diverse students into the field.
APBP's three-day training prepares educators to implement an advanced course in their schools, creating a better experience for students studying accounting.
This integrated approach can be described as a combination of financial managerial accounting, taught at an introductory college level.
The first accounting course high school students take greatly impacts their decision to puruse accounting as a major and career. The APBP course creates a more formalized path for recruiting highly motivated, talented high school students studying accounting into the profession by providing them with an advanced accounting curriculum and a more realistic view of the profession.
52% vs 9%
College accounting majors were significantly more likely to have taken an accounting class in high school as opposed to non-majors.
Nearly half of all high school students have either taken an accounting course in high school (almost 21%) or plan to (roughly 23%).
Honors and advanced placement courses receive relatively high levels of interest from high school students: 40% and 39%, respectively