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What Is the Pre-AP Course Designation?

Schools that deliver Pre-AP to all their students and fulfill all other implementation requirements can receive an Official Pre-AP Designation, communicating a commitment to preparing all students for success in high school and beyond. All schools that receive the Official Pre-AP Designation will be added to the official College Board Pre-AP Ledger, along with the courses offered.

Beginning in the 2020-21 school year, schools participating in the College Board’s Pre-AP Program must go through a process called the Pre-AP Course Audit. The Pre-AP Course Audit ensures that each Pre-AP course meets specific requirements to receive an official Pre-AP course designation.

The Pre-AP Course Audit is intended to:

  • Give Pre-AP teachers and coordinators clear guidelines on curricular, resource, and implementation requirements that each Pre-AP course must meet in order to receive a Pre-AP course designation.
  • Give colleges and universities confidence that Pre-AP courses are designed to meet the same criteria across all schools.

Each individual school has the opportunity to develop curriculum for courses labeled “Pre-AP.” We provide Pre-AP teachers with course frameworks developed in partnership with secondary school and college faculty nationwide to define expectations to which they should align their course design, as well as required learning checkpoints that they must administer throughout the year. While we provide sample instructional resources that teachers may use with their students, we don’t mandate their use for Pre-AP courses.

Why Go Through the Pre-AP Course Audit?

Participation in the Pre-AP Course Audit process is required for teachers to access Pre-AP Classroom, which includes sample instructional materials as well as the digital learning checkpoints they are required to administer.

Pre-AP courses must be authorized by the Pre-AP Program in order to use “Pre-AP” in those course names. The only way to do that is through the Pre-AP Course Audit.

Once your school’s courses are authorized, they will be included in the Pre-AP Course Ledger—the official list of all Pre-AP courses—so colleges and universities can verify student transcripts.

The Course Audit Process

Each school that offers Pre-AP courses must name a Pre-AP Course Audit administrator. This is usually the principal or principal’s designee, and may be the Pre-AP coordinator. This person is responsible for finalizing Pre-AP Course Audit forms, renewing authorizations annually, and checking the Pre-AP Course Ledger each academic year to make sure it accurately lists their school’s Pre-AP course offerings.

Implementation Requirements

The Pre-AP Program has four unique implementation requirements that must be met in order to receive a Pre-AP course designation.

To complete Course Audit, your school’s Pre-AP teachers and Pre-AP Course Audit administrator must attest to the following:

  1. Pre-AP for All: Pre-AP frameworks and assessments serve as the foundation for all sections of the course at the school.
    • Note: Course Audit administrators may request a deferment for the Pre-AP for All requirement through Course Audit. To do so, they must refrain from establishing any entry barriers (e.g., minimum test scores, previous grades, or teacher recommendation) which could hinder students’ participation in the Pre-AP course. Additionally, they must commit to developing a plan to expand Pre-AP access at their school over time. Please see the Pre-AP for All Planning Guide for additional information.
  2. Course Frameworks: Teachers align classroom instruction to the course frameworks.
  3. Assessments: Teachers administer at least 1 learning checkpoint per unit, and 4 performance tasks.
  4. Professional Learning: Teachers and at least 1 administrator per site complete a Pre-AP Summer Institute or the Online Foundational Module Series. Teachers complete at least 1 online performance scoring module.

Teachers and leaders should also review the curricular and resource requirements in the Pre-AP course guide to ensure that they are met.

Completing Course Audit

Download the Course Audit Process Diagram (.pdf/87KB)

Your Pre-AP Course Audit tasks are completed online. You’ll receive an access code on April 1, 2020, that you’ll use to sign in to, or create, your Pre-AP Course Audit account. Teachers can begin the course audit process on April 13, 2020. Here are the steps to completing Course Audit:

  1. The Course Audit administrator agrees that the Pre-AP frameworks and assessments serve as the foundation for all sections of the course at the school, or requests a deferment and agrees to create a plan to roll out Pre-AP for all students in future years.
  2. The Pre-AP course teacher creates their own account for the Course Audit, selects their school and course, and agrees to participate in the Pre-AP Foundational Learning Series (first year of teaching course only), align instruction to the course frameworks, administer at least 1 learning checkpoint per unit, and administer all 4 performance tasks.
  3. The Course Audit administrator reviews and approves teacher attestations.
  4. Teachers receive Pre-AP course access.

Key Dates

  • Event
    • MARCH 1, 2021

    Pre-AP Course Audit opens for Course Audit administrators for the 2021-22 school year.

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