What is the Advanced Placement (AP) Curriculum?

The College Board’s Advancement Program (AP) was created in 1955 to offer students in high school across the U.S. challenging courses comparable to courses given in college. The AP program consists of AP teachers, students, states, districts, schools, colleges, and universities with a commitment of “creating college-level knowledge and skills” to students before they enter college or university. College faculty are involved in every aspect of the development of an AP course. These faculty members make sure that the courses offered to meet college requirements, standards, and expectations of students who are taking a “comparable” course in college.

There are AP courses offered in 38 subjects. Each of these courses goes through meticulous development for up to 3 years before being permitted in classrooms. There are guidelines of “high academic standards for proficiency and excellence” that each AP course must adhere to.

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What are the key focuses of the AP curriculum?

AP Courses consist of the Arts, English, History, Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary, Math and Computer Science, Sciences, World Languages and Cultures and are offered in high schools across the U.S. AP courses empower students through academic challenges and higher education. Not only do students taking AP courses progress through their academic studies sooner than their peers, but these courses help students stand out on their college applications.

The initiative of taking advanced course showcases the willingness to challenge themselves and the determination to succeed. AP courses help high school students to earn college credit while still in high school leading to the possibility of skipping introductory courses once they get to college/university. AP students develop skills to “examine texts, interpret data, evaluate evidence, construct solid arguments, and see multiple sides of an issue.”

Teachers at school design their own AP syllabi with AP standards taken into consideration, the syllabi are then reviewed by the AP Committee, which develops course curriculum, requirements, and exams. The syllabi will only be accepted if it qualifies and adheres to the high standards the AP Program. Schools must be authorized by the AP Course Audit to offer and teach any kind of AP course.

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What is the grading system and assessment for AP?

AP course exams comprise of multiple-choice questions and free-response questions. These exams are given once a year. The multiple-choice questions are scored by a computer, and the free-response questions are reviewed by “AP Readers,” which are AP teachers and college faculty. These “readers” must undergo thorough training to qualify to review and score exam questions.

These assessments and exams are developed and reviewed by college faculty who teach the corresponding college courses. Scores are based on a 1-5 scale, with 5 being the best possible score.

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We here at HiredinChina believe in providing teachers with respectable jobs suitable for their skills and needs. We work together with schools and teachers to ensure a beneficial alliance between valuable teachers and excellent schools. HiredinChina aims to provide excellent job roles for the driven, motivated, and passionate teacher. If you are the creative and motivated teacher that Advanced Placement (AP) Curriculum schools are looking for, please check out our Advanced Placement (AP) job roles on our jobs page.

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