Advanced Placement is a program run by the College Board (the makers of the SAT) that allows students to take courses at the high school, which can earn them college credit and/or qualify them for more advanced classes when they begin college.
So what are AP courses? They are designed to give students the experience of an intro-level college class while still in high school. Plus, students can earn college credit for the class if they pass the AP exam. AP classes were created in the mid-1950s as a response to the widening gap between secondary school (high school) and college. A pilot program in 1952 had 11 subjects, but AP didn’t officially launch until the 1956 school year, when the College Board took over the program and named it the College Board Advanced Placement Program.
The program expanded rapidly over the years. These days, about 2.7 million students take AP exams every year in 38 subjects. It’s also much more common for students to take multiple AP classes over the course of their high school careers. For further information, visit collegeboard.org
About the Exams
Taken each May by students all over the world, the AP Exam is the final step taken after a year of hard work in an AP class. These standardized exams are designed to measure how well you’ve mastered the content and skills of the course — a successful score could even earn you credit and advanced placement in college. AP tests results range from 1 to 5, with anything above 3 considered passing.
AP IMPORTANT DATES
RESOURCES FOR AP COORDINATORS
RESOURCES FOR AP TEACHERS
- AP Teacher webinars and other online sessions can be found here.
- AP Classroom and AP Daily information can be found here. Make sure to scroll to the bottom for links for AP Classroom Help.
- AP course pages can be found here.
- AP Coordinator Resource Library can be found here.
- Learning opportunities for AP coordinators can be found here.
- AP Supports for Teachers and Students
AP CONTACTS AT A.R.E. DEPARTMENT
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