This site is designed to support AP teachers and other K—12 educators as they prepare for new and updated AP courses and exams.
Once a new 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.
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 in the fall of 2016, high schools will 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-word 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 ensure that its courses and exams are aligned with best practices in college-level learning, AP has redesigned a number of subjects over the last few years. The revised courses 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 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, and for world languages, the instructional goals identified by the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in 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