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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 Review: CPM Educational Program’s AP Calculus, 3rd Edition

CPM's AP Calculus, 3rd Edition CPM Educational Program’s AP Calculus, 3rd Edition is a comprehensive single-variable calculus text that supports instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC courses. Resources are available in print and eBook formats. Learning List recently reviewed eBook materials for AP Calculus AB and BC.  Reviewers found the College Board’s big ideas, enduring understandings, and essential knowledge for AP Calculus AB and BC to be well addressed in course resources. Reviewers said that the course covers these concepts effectively in a rigorous, non-traditional format that requires students to investigate and connect new concepts and strategies.

CPM’s Calculus non-traditional approach to presenting content does not include some familiar features of a mathematics text, such as an instructional narrative and example problems with step-by-step solutions. Instead, instruction emphasizes “Study Teams” made up of two to four students who work together to discover strategies and solutions. Teams work together to answer questions, justify their reasoning, and identify multiple solution strategies. The teachers’ role is to encourage students’ teamwork, facilitate discussions, and provide support when teams encounter questions they are unable to answer. Learning List’s reviewers noted that CPM’s inquiry-based approach to instruction facilitates the integration of the College Board’s Mathematical Practices for AP Calculus (MPACs), explaining that students use the MPACs each day in their work in Study Teams.

Teacher resources include background and strategies (e.g., Math Chat) to support the implementation of Study Teams. Many lessons also include recorded podcasts, or “Mathcasts,” in which an expert teacher walks users through the lesson providing background information and suggesting teaching strategies. A “Teacher Support” appendix provides information about the course’s interactive math tools, links to each Mathcast video, printable resources for some lessons (e.g., polar graph paper), professional development information, SmartBoard files for each chapter, CPM Newsletters, and errata files.

CPM Educational Program has created a webinar introduction to AP Calculus, 3rd Edition. Subscribers may view the webinar on the product’s homepage on Learninglist.com.

About CPM*

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CPM began as a grant-funded mathematics project in 1989 to write textbooks to help students understand mathematics and support teachers who use these materials. CPM Educational Program is now a nonprofit educational consortium of middle and high school teachers and university professors that offers a complete mathematics program for grades 6 through 12 (Calculus) designed to engage all students in learning mathematics through problem solving, reasoning, and communication.

CPM’s Mission:

CPM’s mission is to empower mathematics students and teachers through exemplary curriculum, professional development, and leadership. We recognize and foster teacher expertise and leadership in mathematics education. We engage all students in learning mathematics through problem solving, reasoning, and communication.

CPM’s Vision:

CPM envisions a world where mathematics is viewed as intriguing and useful, and is appreciated by all; where powerful mathematical thinking is an essential, universal, and desirable trait; and where people are empowered by mathematical problem-solving and reasoning to solve the world’s problems.

*The content in this section is provided by or adapted from CPM.

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New Review: McGraw Hill’s Biology (AP Edition) by Raven and Johnson

MH: Raven AP BiologyLearning List has reviewed the 11th edition of McGraw Hill’s Biology: AP Edition (Raven).  This comprehensive product supports instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) Biology courses. Content is available in print and digital formats. Instruction emphasizes evolution and scientific inquiry, while integrating concepts in cellular and molecular biology and genomics. A lab manual is not provided; teachers may access “AP Biology Investigative Labs: An Inquiry-Based Approach” from the College Board at no cost (www.collegeboard.com).

Raven Biology presents content in two types of chapters. “Essential Knowledge” chapters cover the essential content identified in the College Board’s course framework for AP Biology, and “Extending Knowledge” chapters extend students’ understanding using illustrative examples and applications of content. Chapters include critical thinking activities, such as “Inquiry Questions,” “Data Analysis” prompts, and “Scientific Thinking” textboxes. High quality visual elements, including three-dimensional illustrations, help students understand difficult concepts.

Course eBooks have highlighting, bookmarking, and note taking tools. Additional online resources for Raven Biology include SmartBook adaptive reading materials, ONboard interactive learning tools, and SCOREboard adaptive review resources. SmartBook and other online resources are housed in McGraw Hill’s Connect learning management system (LMS), which contains an online gradebook that enables teachers to create or import class rosters, create assignments, monitor progress, and communicate with students.

About McGraw Hill Education*

At McGraw-Hill Education, we believe that our contribution to unlocking a brighter future lies within the application of our deep understanding of how learning happens and how the mind develops. It exists where the science of learning meets the art of teaching. Our mission is to accelerate learning through intuitive, engaging, efficient and effective experiences – grounded in research.

Educators have been and always will be at the core of the learning experience. The solutions we develop help educators impart their knowledge to students more efficiently. We believe that harnessing technology can enhance learning inside and outside of the classroom and deepen the connections between students and teachers to empower greater success.

By partnering with educators around the globe, our learning engineers, content developers and pedagogical experts are developing increasingly open learning ecosystems that are proven to improve pass rates, elevate grades and increase engagement for each individual learner while improving outcomes for all.

Information in this section is provided by or adapted from McGraw Hill Education.

 

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New Review: Mobile CSP (Computer Science Principles)

Mobile CSPLearning List has reviewed Mobile CSP (i.e., Computer Science Principles), which is a comprehensive course that supports instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Principles courses.  Content is available online and includes some printable resources. Instruction is project based and teaches the principles of computer science using MIT’s “App Inventor” visual block language. Resources are available at no cost to users.

Mobile CSP organizes content in eight core units that address mobile applications; pair programming; graphics and images; animations, simulations, and modeling; computing innovations; algorithms and abstractions; the use and analysis of data and information; the internet; and preparation for the AP exam. Instruction includes a set of four performance tasks. Two performance tasks require students to work with a partner to create a “socially useful” app that addresses a problem students have identified in their schools or communities. Two tasks ask students to work individually to explore a computing innovation that has influenced the “social, economic, or cultural areas of our lives.”

A rich set of teacher resources support instruction, particularly for teachers who are new to computer science. Online teacher resources include an outline for each unit and detailed lesson plans. Teacher materials include a printable “Curriculum Overview” with pacing information for each unit and lesson and links to the College Board’s learning objectives, enduring understandings, and computational thinking practices for Principles of Computer Science. Sample syllabi, a webinar covering the AP audit process, and online professional development activities are also provided. Mobile CSP offers periodic “Hangouts” where teachers can share their experiences and learn about product updates.

About Mobile CSP*

Mobile CSP is recognized by the College Board as an endorsed provider of curriculum and professional development for AP® Computer Science Principles (AP CSP). This endorsement affirms that all components of Mobile CSP’s offerings are aligned to the AP Curriculum Framework standards and the AP CSP assessment. Using an endorsed provider affords schools access to resources including an AP CSP syllabus pre-approved by the College Board’s AP Course Audit, and officially recognized professional development that prepares teachers to teach AP CSP.

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

 

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