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:
(typically taught in grades 6–12)
(typically taught in grades 9 and 10)
Set of courses
ELA and math only
All content areas: ELA, math, science, social studies and history, plus visual and performing arts
District- or school-adopted curriculum, which includes comprehensive instructional materials
Course frameworks with model lessons, giving teachers the flexibility to use the resources of their choosing
No official designation
Official course designation with inclusion in the Pre-AP Ledger
How Do SpringBoard and Pre-AP Work Together?
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.
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.