The goals of the Program are to significantly increase the number of students who are able to access and complete college-level work before leaving high school and to improve the college readiness of all students. All students deserve a curriculum that will prepare them to succeed in college level coursework, even if college is the first time they take a college level course.
Annual Program Requirements
- Teach 4 units per course making appropriate use of aligned instructional resources and/or strategies (2 per course for Arts courses).
- Assign 4 performance tasks per course (2 per course for Arts courses).
- Administer 8 digital assessments per course (not applicable for Arts courses).
- Upload student work samples to the digital platform as requested.
Additionally, schools will submit a draft syllabus by October 15, 2018 and a final syllabus by January 31, 2019 for the College Board’s review.
Schools will need access to an internet-enabled device (phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop) and broadband Wi-Fi to access the instructional materials and administer the assessments. Students will need access to an internet-enabled device (phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop) and broadband Wi-Fi to access the instructional materials and complete the assessments.
All full-time teachers of record who are primarily responsible for delivering instruction to the students enrolled in the Pre-AP courses shall participate in a four-day foundational institute the summer before their first year teaching a Pre-AP course. During their first year implementing the Pre-AP course, a School's full-time teachers of record who are primarily responsible for delivering instruction to the students enrolled in the Pre-AP courses must also complete 4-8 hours of additional online learning modules focused on examining student work and assessments.
Pre-AP for All Students
Pre-AP is designed to give all students the opportunity to learn the foundational knowledge and skills they need to be successful in AP® and other college-level coursework. As such, Pre-AP courses shall become the baseline standard and be made available for all on-level students across the entire ninth grade level. Schools are expected to encourage student participation in Pre-AP and shall not establish any barriers to Pre-AP as it is designed to serve all students. Only students who have already taken a course, are taking an AP-level course in the same content area, or require significant accommodations that wholly preclude meaningful engagement with Pre-AP materials may be exempt from participation at the school’s discretion.
In the event your School is prohibited from requiring all students to enroll in college preparatory courses pursuant to state or local policy, your School shall refrain from establishing any additional entry barriers (e.g., setting minimum thresholds for test scores, performance in prior coursework, teacher or counselor recommendation) which could hinder students’ participation in Pre-AP. And, in the event that not all on-level students are enrolled in Pre-AP, the school is encouraged to incorporate Pre-AP course materials and implement the instructional shifts in both non-Pre-AP and Pre-AP classrooms to benefit all students.
If the School implements both Pre-AP English 1 and Pre-AP Algebra I courses, the School shall administer the College Board’s PSAT 8/9® exams each year to all participating students in fall and spring in accordance with the College Board’s established testing schedule without incurring any additional cost. For school year 2018-2019, the School shall administer the fall PSAT 8/9 exam as early as September 24, 2018 and no later than October 10, 2018. The School shall administer the spring PSAT 8/9 exam as early as April 15, 2019 and no later than April 26, 2019.
Pre-AP for all students reflects the fact that the courses are designed to support all on-level students and are priced accordingly. To achieve the maximum benefit for students, we suggest that all on-level 9th graders take the Pre-AP course. Of course, we understand that students who have already taken the course or require significant accommodations may not be in the Pre-AP class.
Given that Pre-AP courses are designed for all on level 9th grade students and priced accordingly, we suggest that your school offer the courses to all on-level 9th grade students in order to maximize the benefits on student performance. However, if as a school you wish to pilot the Program with a few sections, you can do so as long as the students in those sections represent a variety of academic levels, i.e. the course is not just for advanced or honors students.
In year 3 (2020-2021 school year), we will open up the Program to all schools. We are beginning the Program with a small number of schools in order to ensure that we learn, adapt and develop the Program in the most effective way possible to ensure it is as robust an offering as possible in year 3.
Pre-AP designation is granted at the course level.
Any School or District Administrator with the decision-making authority to drive a School’s implementation of a Pre-AP Program can submit an application.
Yes. The Program will open up to any schools that wish to participate in SY 2020-2021. You can also in 2018 sign up for Pre-AP Readiness workshops, which are professional learning opportunities for schools not in the initial cohort but who wish to become familiar with the instructional routines of the new Pre-AP Program.
We strongly welcome interest from international schools for Pre-AP. We cannot guarantee that international schools will participate in Cohort Two, but encourage schools to apply and certainly participate in SY 2020-2021 when Pre-AP becomes available to all schools around the world.
There are a multitude of factors that will go into selection and this process is not merit-based; geography, school size, diversity, AP usage, etc. are all factors that will go into selection. Ultimately, we want to have a nationally representative cohort of schools.
The College Board has been working with individual states to ensure that the appropriate course codes are available for Fall, 2018. If you have any questions about course codes for your state, please feel free to reach out to [email protected]. We recommend to schools and states that, given that Pre-AP is designed for all on-level 9th grade students, that they utilize the equivalent of a Standard designation.
Course Content and Assessments
The courses are in part designed by the College Board and in part designed by the participating school. The Pre-AP course frameworks are comprehensive. However, The College Board supplies instructional materials for each course that will cover 30-50% of instructional time – thereby leaving a significant amount of time for usage of local curricula and content.
Schools are required to utilize the Pre-AP digital assessments provided. Our digital assessments and performance-based assessments measure student performance against the Pre-AP framework – but districts might need to augment for state specific standards or requirements
In addition to a framework, Pre-AP courses include instructional resources that will occupy up to 50% of class time.
Yes. They are available on our web site here.
Yes. Pre-AP is designed so that you can use and incorporate your existing textbook and curricular resources, but you will need to confirm the alignment of these materials to the course requirements.
Unit assessments and performance assessments are designed to be quick formative checks and should not add to any test fatigue. Future Final Exams (in development) would be more in line with what a teacher might already offer in their own class and would not be equivalent to a state assessment.
There is no official Pre-AP exam, like you see in AP. Families will not have to pay for any Pre-AP exam. Within the Pre-AP courses, there are eight digital assessments and four performance-based assessments per course that are included in the course price. In year two, there will be final exams for each course that are also included in the course price.
Pre-AP courses do not have an end of course assessment that competes with or replaces an individual state’s assessment. Starting in year two, the courses will have final exams that a teacher normally has in any class.
ELL and Students with Special Needs
We suggest that all on-level 9th grade students in a particular school take the Pre-AP course. We assume that some ELL students are clearly capable of taking Pre-AP courses and will do so in the first cohort, with the school in the best position to decide if language supports are necessary. In the first year, Pre-AP will not provide specific supports for ELL and special education students as the schools and teachers will know best what resources those students require.
Existing School Organization and local “Pre-AP” Programs
You do not have to change your existing Program or what you are doing currently. If you are having success for your students, you should absolutely continue your local program and do not have to offer The College Board’s Pre-AP Program. However, beginning in fall of 2022, to label your course Pre-AP, you will have to be utilizing the College Board Pre-AP Program. Our aim is to create a unified and consistent set of expectations for any course called Pre-AP—while preserving local flexibility in what is taught. If your current Program is providing you with the results you seek, you can keep teaching that Program, but will simply not be able to call it Pre-AP from 2022 onwards.
Pre-AP will eventually move into middle school and outline requirements for labeling courses Pre-AP. Before we do, we will provide significant lead time so that middle schools will be able to plan accordingly if they wish to offer Pre-AP.
No. Pre-AP is a program designed for all students. All students deserve the opportunity to develop the foundation necessary for college readiness and AP coursework.
Included in the per course price are the following:
- All instructional materials
- Registration fee for the 4-day Face-to-Face Professional Learning Workshop (years 1 and 2); online professional learning workshop for scoring
- Eight digital, externally scored assessments per course, refreshed each year
- Four student performance tasks per course, refreshed each year
- Official Pre-AP course designation
- Instructional and administrative support
- All four Pre-AP Arts Course at no additional fee
No. The registration fee for the four-day required professional learning institute for all Pre-AP teachers is included in the course price for the first cohort. These schools will only need to pay travel costs to attend the required professional learning.
For the one-day Pre-AP Readiness workshops, available on-site for schools outside of the initial cohort, there will be a fee.
Going forward, the Pre-AP Professional Learning courses will be geared towards supporting the new Pre-AP courses. Like the previous Pre-AP workshops, the new workshops will offer content that is in alignment with the new Pre-AP course frameworks, routines, and instructional shifts, focus on instructional routines and strategies that teachers can use for immediate implementation, and emphasize cross-disciplinary connections and shared principles.
All new Pre-AP teachers will need to attend the four-day, face-to-face professional learning workshop. Only hardship exceptions will be considered at this time.
For schools in the first two cohorts, a day is set aside for administrator training in the four-day training institute for teachers. The Pre-AP Readiness portfolio will include a workshop for administrators. We are also developing supports for district and site leaders prior to the Institutes. These will include Coordinator webinars, a communication toolkit, timeline for essential tasks, and suggestions for spring collaboration with teacher teams. These supports will be available in Spring, 2018.
Schools that currently do not offer the PSAT 8/9 will not have to pay any additional cost.
In the first two cohorts, students will take PSAT at the beginning and end of Grade 9 primarily for research purposes in order to demonstrate the efficacy of the Pre-AP programs. For school year 2018-2019, School shall administer the fall PSAT 8/9 exam as early as September 24, 2018 and no later than October 10, 2018. School shall administer the spring PSAT 8/9 exam as early as April 15, 2019 and no later than April 26, 2019.
By purchasing Pre-AP, SpringBoard schools will gain access to the Pre-AP brand designation and externally scored assessments that are not part of SpringBoard. Moreover, SpringBoard customers will receive the maximum discount of 50-60% off the standard Pre-AP price.
Pre-AP courses go beyond ELA and math and are designed with a specific focus on cross-disciplinary alignment, meaning that each course will be teaching skills that are consistent across the subject areas. Pre-AP subjects currently include English, Algebra 1, World History and Geography, Biology, and Visual and Performing Arts, with more courses planned for the future. Pre-AP is currently designed for ninth graders (with other grades to follow in the future). The program emphasizes certain basic learning tenets and methodologies that augment and reinforce the current ninth-grade SpringBoard curriculum in English and math.
Yes. We will provide existing SpringBoard customers with assistance and curriculum mapping support to facilitate working with Pre-AP.
No. Pre-AP provides additional benefits that SpringBoard-only customers do not have.
Pre-AP has been designed to work together with SpringBoard. In the coming years, SpringBoard will be redesigned to align directly with Pre-AP. Before that redesign is complete, we will support SpringBoard schools in their alignment with Pre-AP if they wish to have Pre-AP courses.
Pre-AP has been designed to work together with SpringBoard. We anticipate that around 20% of the initial cohort will be SpringBoard schools.
The SpringBoard program is a comprehensive ELA and math curriculum for grades 6–12. The Pre-AP program is a set of courses (Algebra 1, English, Biology, World History & Geography, Arts) designed to prepare all students for high school and college success as well as AP coursework. Pre-AP is not a comprehensive curriculum but rather offers course frameworks and selected lessons, routines and/or tasks that allow teachers the flexibility to use their own materials and resources. While SpringBoard can cover 100% of instructional time, Pre-AP will not cover more than 50% of instructional time.
The course frameworks are aligned to College and Career Readiness and AP standards. Pre-AP courses are designed to support student success in AP, SAT, and other college readiness indicators.
Pre-AP courses will cover some of your state standards and we will provide standards crosswalks to schools in the initial cohort that will identify those standards. Given that Pre-AP courses are intentionally flexible and cover only 30-50% of instructional time (depending on the subject), Pre-AP instructional resources can sit alongside your existing curriculum and allow you to utilize your local content to address specific state standards that are not covered in Pre-AP courses.
Subject and Grade Level Offering
Yes. For the initial two cohorts, these courses will be available for 9th graders only but in SY 2020-2021 will be available at any grade level.
No. However, for the first the first two years we will give preference in the selection process to schools that can offer the maximum number of Pre-AP courses possible at their institutions. If, for example, Algebra 1 is offered in 8th grade in your district, you could still offer the other 4 Pre-AP courses and be a Pre-AP Partner school.
Yes. 10th grade will be the next grade to be supported and eventually the Program will broaden to middle school. We are currently working with Educators to determine the most appropriate offering for middle schools.
We understand that some students will have already taken Algebra 1 in middle school. Nevertheless, unless all students have already completed Algebra 1, we suggest that your school offer this course to the remaining students. In SY 2020-2021, schools will be able to implement the courses in whatever grades they wish.
Yes. Course instructional materials and assessments will be delivered digitally. Teachers will need access to a digital device (tablet, laptop, or desktop) and broadband Wi-Fi to access the instructional materials and administer the assessments. For the initial two cohorts, the Program will supply teachers with printed course guides and instructional units, as well as student resources.
Yes. Course instructional materials and assessments will be delivered digitally. Teachers will need access to a digital device (tablet, laptop, or desktop) and broadband Wi-Fi to access the instructional materials and administer the assessments. For the initial cohort, the program will supply the teacher with a printed course guide as well as the digital resources.
Yes. Assessments will be delivered digitally. Students will be expected to complete eight assessments per course, each taking less than one class period. They will need access to a digital device (tablet, laptop, or desktop) and broadband Wi-Fi to complete these assessments. However, the course materials are delivered as PDF files on our digital platform and thus can be printed if necessary. For the initial cohort, the program will supply the students with printed student readers as well as the digital resources.