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  • New AP Course Descriptions Available

    Posted by Kathy Corder on 8/14/2019

    AP teachers may now access the newly revised College Board course descriptions on the LCS Advanced Placement SharePoint site.

    For more information, contact Sherri Winsett.

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  • New AP Computer Science Principles Course Key to Expanding Benefits of AP to a Wider Range of Students

    Posted by Kathy Corder on 8/11/2017

    The AP Program Results: Class of 2016 released today shows an increase in both the participation and passing rates for the high school graduating class of 2016. The data show the number of public high school students taking at least one AP Exam has almost doubled in 10 years from 645,000 for the class of 2006 to 1.1 million students in the class of 2016. Since 2006, the percentage of U.S. students taking AP classes and then earning a score of 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam has grown by 7.6 points from 14.3% to 21.9% of public high school graduates.

     

    Top 10 States with the Highest Percentage of 2016 Public High School Graduates Succeeding on AP Exams:

     

    Massachusetts                        31.0

    Maryland                                 30.4

    Connecticut                             30.1

    Florida                                 29.5

    California                                 28.5

    Virginia                                    28.3

    New York                                27.3

    Colorado                                 26.9

    New Jersey                             26.5

    Illinois                                      25.1

     

    Reaching All Students with AP Computer Science Principles

     

    The College Board launched a new course in the fall of 2016, AP Computer Science Principles (AP CSP), with the goal of creating leaders in computer science and giving those who are traditionally underrepresented in the computer science field tools and opportunities to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). As of the 2016–2017 school year, AP CSP is offered in more than 2,500 schools, making this the largest AP course launch ever.

     

    Data show that many students who are likely to do well on an AP Exam in computer science or other STEM subject don’t go on to take the exam in high school. For example, out of all students in the class of 2016 whose scores on the PSAT/NMSQT showed they would likely do well on the AP Computer Science A Exam, less than 9% took the exam. Among the rural students and female students in that group, less than 5% took the exam. AP CSP was built to appeal to students who have the potential to succeed in a college-level computer science class but who might not believe that computer science—or STEM courses in general—are for them.

     

    “In all 50 states, the number of job openings that require computing skills far exceeds the number of qualified graduates,” said Trevor Packer, the College Board senior vice president responsible for the AP Program “We believe all students deserve to attend a high school that provides coursework like AP Computer Science Principles, a class designed to prepare students for the incredible career opportunities of our century.”

     

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  • Become a Highly Trained AP Teacher!

    Posted by Kathy Corder on 8/10/2017 1:00:00 AM

    If you are a new teacher to AP and have not yet participated in a summer institute, it is important that you attend a one-day workshop to familiarize yourself with course content and expectations.    To register using your College Board account, go to:  https://apps2.collegeboard.com/olrWebApp/find_meeting.jsp# and provide information as directed.  See the AP Coordinator at your school site for information about the process for enrolling at your school. 

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