AP students and teachers will get more resources, support, and feedback in 2019.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Created in collaboration with educators and based on best practices in schools across the country, these simple and effective resources will include:
Focused Practice and Feedback Throughout the Year
UNIT GUIDES Planning guides that outline content and skills for commonly taught units within a course so teachers can focus and deepen instruction. Each unit guide suggests sequence and pacing of content, scaffolds skill instruction across units, organizes content into topics, and provides tips on taking the exam.
QUESTION BANK A library of real AP® Exam questions, some of which have never been released to AP teachers before. Teachers can filter by course topics and skills; create customized tests and assign them online or on paper as in-class assignments or homework; create their own questions, and enable students to practice and get feedback on each question.
UNIT ASSESSMENTS Personal progress checks with AP questions for every unit that provide feedback to students on the areas where they need to focus. Unit assessments measure content and skills through multiple-choice questions with rationales to explain correct and incorrect answers, and free-response questions with scoring guidelines from the AP rubric.
PERFORMANCE DASHBOARD Throughout the year, teachers can review class and individual student performance and know when students struggle on content and skills that will be assessed on the AP Exam. Students can view their own results and target additional practice. School and district leaders can review results across AP courses.
TRANSPARENCY AND STABILITY All content and skills assessed on the exam will be defined in a detailed course framework, helping AP teachers plan and focus their instruction. AP Exams will have clearly defined models for question types, tasks, and point values that will remain stable year to year. Instructional Planning Reports will reflect content and skills, giving teachers actionable, class-specific data on how their students did on the exam.
Improved Exam Ordering and Administration
DIGITAL ACTIVATION AP teachers and students sign into our classroom support system and complete a simple activation process at the start of the school year. Digital activation gives students and teachers access to the new resources and allows students to provide registration information before exam day.
FALL REGISTRATION Fall exam registration reflects best practice policies in place at more than half of AP schools. Students are more likely to take an AP Exam and earn a 3 or higher when they make exam-taking decisions at the start of the school year. Fall registration also aligns with expectations from college and universities, who want to students to demonstrate sustained achievement in advanced courses like AP.
STREAMLINED EXAM ORDERING AP coordinators have an improved AP Registration and Ordering system to place AP Exam orders in the fall. After teachers and students complete digital activation, AP coordinators can access rosters of AP students. Coordinators will then review, adjust, and submit that information as the school’s exam order by the fall ordering deadlines.