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What We’ve Observed: Trends in AP Materials

The College Board is engaged in several related initiatives to help teachers prepare a broader, more diverse group of students to succeed in AP courses.   AP courses in several disciplines are being redesigned and new courses are being introduced to create AP courses that strike a balance between depth of understanding and breadth of content coverage.

A critical next step in supporting AP teachers is ensuring that the instructional materials for AP courses address the knowledge and skills articulated in the new course frameworks.  To that end, the College Board partnered with Learning List™ to provide educators with independent, professional reviews of AP materials[1]. [Read more…]

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Looking for a Way to Boost AP Scores?

In order to help students succeed in Advanced Placement (AP) courses, instructional materials must address the knowledge and skills articulated in the new AP course frameworks.  To that end, the College Board partnered with Learning List™ to provide educators with independent, professional reviews of AP materials[1].

As part of the review process, Learning List verifies a material’s alignment to each of the Learning Objectives (LO), Essential Knowledge statements (EKs) and Skills/Practices in the relevant course framework.  The alignment reports identify the “citations” (e.g., pages, lessons, videos) listed in the publisher’s correlation that Learning List verified to be aligned and not aligned to each LO, EK and Skill/Practice for the course.

The College Board used these reviews to decide which materials to include on the 2016 and 2017 Example Textbook Lists for each of these courses. However, educators should be aware that a material’s inclusion on an Example Textbook List does not mean that the material is aligned to 100% of the Learning Objectives or Skills/Practices of the course.  [Read More]

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New Product Review: Zulama AP Computer Science Principles

Zulama's AP Computer Science PrinciplesLearning List has reviewed Zulama’s AP Computer Science Principles. This comprehensive product supports instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Principles courses. Content is fully online and includes printable resources. Instruction develops students’ understanding of computer science and coding skills through the lens of game design. The course requires the installation of GameMaker Studio 2 software; GameMaker Studio 2 requires a Windows operating system. [Read more…]

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New Product Review: CodeHS AP Computer Science Principles

CodeHS's AP Computer Science PrinciplesLearning List has reviewed CodeHS’s AP Computer Science Principles. This is a comprehensive, web-based product that supports instruction in Advance Placement (AP) Computer Science Principles courses. Content is presented online and includes some printable resources (e.g., worksheets). Instruction covers the fundamentals of computer science and the how technology influences society. Resources support instruction in blended learning environments.

CodeHS presents content in nine units. The first six units address web development, programming, digital representations of information, internet design and data security, and the computational uses of online data. Unit 7 presents a set of performance tasks that reflect those of the AP exam.  Unit 8 is a one-week review for the AP exam, including an AP practice test with immediate feedback. Unit 9 is a final independent project that allows students to apply what they have learned to creatively solve a problem of interest to them.

CodeHS includes a variety of materials to support teachers, including lesson plans, a sample syllabus, and professional development resources. Lesson plans are available online and have clear learning objectives, links to video tutorials and interactive learning experiences, printable handouts and problem-solving guides, planning and teaching notes, answer keys, and references to the elements of the College Board’s course framework addressed by instruction. The sample syllabus for AP Computer Science Principles details the course’s objectives, provides pacing information, and links lessons to the College Board’s course framework.

About CodeHS*

CodeHS is a comprehensive teaching platform for helping schools teach computer science. The mission of CodeHS is to empower all students to meaningfully impact the future. To achieve this goal, CodeHS provides web-based curriculumteacher tools and resources, and professional development to help teachers, students, and schools to implement high quality computer science programs.

*Information in this section is provided by or adapted from CodeHS.

 

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Shopping for AP Materials?

The College Board recently announced the 2017 AP® Example Textbook Lists.  Only materials that Learning List reviewed were eligible for inclusion on the Example Textbook Lists for the courses listed here. CoursesThe College Board used our reviews to select the materials included on those Lists.
To date, we have reviewed almost 100 publisher-produced and OER AP materials. To ensure that the reviews are of the highest caliber, we collaborated with The College Board to design the review methodology, and we hired as our reviewers many of the AP teachers who helped the College Board design the AP course frameworks.
Here are three important ways our reviews help teachers choose and use AP materials most effectively. Alignment of Materials

(1) Alignment to the course frameworks  A material’s inclusion on an Example Textbook list, does not mean that a material is aligned to 100% of the Learning Objectives (LO) or Practices/Skills contained in the course framework. As this table shows, materials on the Example Textbook lists range significantly in their alignment to the course frameworks. Our alignment reports not only show the standards to which each material is/is not aligned, but more importantly, specific citations that are/are not aligned to each standard.

(2) Enhanced correlations: Our alignment reports provide more guidance than the publisher’s correlation.  Quote from AP TeacherWe review AP materials for alignment to each LO, Essential Knowledge (EK) and Skill/Practice contained in the relevant course framework.

 

(3) Instructional design and supports: Beyond alignment, our editorial reviews help teachers determine which materials will provide the best instructional resources and support to help prepare their students for success in the course. The editorial reviews describe how closely each material follows the design of the course framework. They highlight the number and type of instructional supports provided for teachers and students. And, they explain how well the material fulfills the pedagogical shift in the redesigned course frameworks (e.g., whether assessment questions are structured similarly to the AP exam questions, whether the material offers hand-on learning experiences, etc…). Quote from AP Teacher

 

This 3-minute video explains the types of reviews and tools available on Learning List.com. We offer campus-wide, district-wide or AP-only subscriptions to make our reviews accessible to all AP teachers. Contact us for more information.

 

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