Revisions to AP science focus on deepening students’ understanding of content as they develop the critical inquiry and reasoning skills valued by colleges and universities.
|2013–14 AP Chemistry||2014–15 AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2
(formerly AP Physics B)
Changes in Effect
|Fall 2012AP Biology|
AP Science Revisions
- Help students learn to think like scientists.
Students will spend more time developing the inquiry, analytical, and reasoning skills necessary to engage in a college science course.
- Encourage in-depth teaching of concepts and skills.
The curriculum frameworks enable teachers to explore topics in depth; to help students develop inquiry, analytical, and reasoning skills; and to tailor instruction to students’ interests and needs.
- Reflect college expectations.
The College Board collaborates with science educators from colleges, universities, and secondary schools to ensure that courses and exams reflect rigorous college standards. Rigorous course requirements prepare students for the AP Exams and for studying advanced science in college.
- Provide science standards that align vertically with the redesigned AP courses.
The College Board’s science standards describe the knowledge and practices students should demonstrate before enrolling in an AP science course. They are designed to help states, school districts, and schools develop a challenging Pre-AP® curriculum to prepare students for the demands of college coursework.
AP lab investigations align with best practices described in America's Lab Report, promoting a self-directed, guided-inquiry design focused on enhancing student outcomes and developing positive attitudes toward science. Schools will incur few, if any, expenses when implementing guided-inquiry labs.