What's the Connection Between Pre-AP and SpringBoard?

Understanding how the two programs can work for your school

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SpringBoard and Pre-AP are both College Board programs that offer grade-level instruction backed by a robust menu of resources and professional learning. Both focus on getting students ready for college and careers. Both focus on performance-based assessments rather than grades.

But the two programs also have important differences:

SpringBoard Curriculum 
(typically taught in grades 6–12)
Pre-AP Courses
(typically taught in grades 9 and 10)
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Full curriculum

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Set of courses

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ELA and math only

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All content areas: ELA, math, science, social studies and history, plus visual and performing arts

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District- or school-adopted curriculum, which includes comprehensive instructional materials

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Course frameworks with model lessons, giving teachers the flexibility to use the resources of their choosing

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No official designation

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Official course designation with inclusion in the Pre-AP Ledger

How Do SpringBoard and Pre-AP Work Together?

For English:

SpringBoard ELA supports Pre-AP in unique ways. Schools that select SpringBoard ELA as a primary resource have access to lessons and corresponding student materials that follow the Pre-AP unit structure.

In English 1, the first lessons in each SpringBoard unit share the same texts and overall lesson flow as the Pre-AP model lessons. The remaining SpringBoard lessons serve to continue and extend the learning while maintaining the unit goals and preparing students for success on the Pre-AP performance task. English 2 follows the same structure, though some texts vary between Pre-AP and SpringBoard.

For Math:

Although SpringBoard Math courses can be used to address the Pre-AP frameworks, the instructional approach and activity sequence may need to be modified to meet the requirements of Pre-AP. Pre-AP reflects College Board’s most current, research-based instructional approaches to support all students in preparation for college and career.

If My School Has SpringBoard, What Can Pre-AP Add?

  • Increased focus: Pre-AP course frameworks guide teachers and students to spend time on topics and skills that matter most.
  • Collaboration and consistency: The instructional principles shared across courses help teachers build horizontal alignment and collaborate with peers in other disciplines. Students benefit from the consistency.
  • Model lessons: Teachers from different disciplines benefit from clear models for engaging, grade-appropriate instruction. English 1 model lessons are embedded in the 2021 English I edition of SpringBoard.
  • Additional assessments: Formative and summative assessments offer teachers a more robust set of data on student progress so they can adapt their instruction.
  • Help with integrating the programs: An instructional planning resource ensures a cohesive SpringBoard and Pre-AP implementation.
  • Outside recognition: Provides designation in the official Pre-AP Course Ledger for your school.

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