The AP Program has an ongoing process for updating and adding new courses and exams in addition to developing new initiatives to serve needs as they arise. This site is designed to support AP teachers and other K–12 educators as they get ready for upcoming changes.
Once a new, redesigned, revised, or updated course has launched, educators should use the subject's course home page on AP Central as their home base for information and resources.
Learn more about the following initiatives and processes on this site:
AP Capstone™ is an innovative diploma program that equips students with the independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication skills that are increasingly valued by colleges. AP Capstone is built on the foundation of two courses — AP Seminar and AP Research — and is designed to complement and enhance the in-depth, discipline-specific study experienced in other AP courses.
AP Computer Science Principles
Beginning 2016-17, high schools have the opportunity to offer AP Computer Science Principles. The new course was developed to address a critical need for a broader range of students to gain exposure to computing in high school. Multidisciplinary in nature, the course teaches students to analyze problems, use creative thinking, and collaborate to investigate solutions to real-world issues using computing. Students will develop a thorough grasp of the computing foundations and concepts relevant to college and career.
AP Course and Exam Redesign
To make its course and exam materials more valuable and helpful to teachers, AP is in the process of updating a number of subjects. These changes promote deep understanding and retention by defining and constraining the content so that students have ample opportunity during the school year to develop excellence and understanding through sustained focus on key concepts and practice of essential skills.
Below are some hallmarks of the redesigned, revised, and updated AP courses and exams:
- Greater emphasis on discipline-specific inquiry, reasoning, and communication skills, cited in the science practices, Mathematical Practices for AP Calculus (MPACs), historical thinking skills, political science skills and practices, and for world languages, the instructional goals identified by the Standards for Foreign Language Learning: Preparing for the 21st Century.
- Rigorous, research-based curricula, modeled on introductory college courses, that strike a balance between breadth of content coverage and depth of understanding
- Standards informed by recommendations from national academic organizations and the results of curriculum studies conducted at four-year colleges and universities
- Detailed curriculum frameworks that tie discipline-specific concepts, themes, and skills to a set of key learning objectives and emphasize conceptual understanding
- Exam questions designed to elicit evidence of student achievement for each learning objective