Preparing to Implement Pre-AP
Thinking of implementing the Pre-AP Program? We recommend getting buy-in from all stakeholders, especially your teachers.
- Explore the course information provided on this site and share it with instructional leads to gather input.
- Consider hosting a Pre-AP Readiness Workshop to better understand the foundational elements of Pre-AP.
- Review Considerations for Pre-AP Readiness to understand how to best prepare for implementing Pre-AP.
- Introduce the components and requirements of the Pre-AP Program to teachers, parents, and leaders utilizing these meeting resources.
- Meet with full school leadership teams to discuss all the program requirements.
- Determine your school’s or district’s approach to the Pre-AP for All requirement.
Creating & Preparing Your Pre-AP Team
After the decision is made to implement Pre-AP, take action to prepare for a smooth implementation.
- Determine who will be your Pre-AP coordinator and Pre-AP Course Audit administrator. It is important that the Course Audit administrator be available during the summer months.
- Schedule planning time with teachers to review course frameworks within and across grades and subjects; teachers should be familiar with the frameworks before they begin the required professional learning.
- Review district curriculum with teachers and let them know they’ll still need it: Pre-AP is not a curriculum.
- Make sure counselors understand the program requirements and what will change for students, so they can answer questions from students and parents.
Before School Begins
- New Pre-AP educators
- Support new Pre-AP teachers and at least one leader in completing the required Online Foundational Module Series. While only one leader is required, we recommend encouraging other leaders that will be support Pre-AP teacher to complete the module series.
- Utilize the Site Planning with Pre-AP Teachers facilitator guide to debrief the foundational learning experience with your teachers. This resource can be found in Pre-AP Classroom under Leader Resources.
- Experienced Pre-AP educators
- Encourage experienced Pre-AP teachers and leaders to engage in the Experienced Teacher and Leader Modules and visit the Professional Learning page for additional learning opportunities.
- Create a technology plan.
- Watch this video that walks you through accessing and using Pre-AP Classroom for a student account.
- Provide support for students and teachers as they create College Board accounts and access Pre-AP Classroom using the Pre-AP Classroom section of the Coordinator’s Manual, the Pre-AP Classroom User Guide for Teachers, and the Pre-AP Classroom User Guide for Students.
- Distribute College Board Student Account creation request forms to any students under the age of 13. Review Pre-AP Classroom Account Creation for Students Under 13 to complete all required steps by the deadline. Request assistance at [email protected].
- Work with your school's technology administrator to review the technical requirements in the Coordinator Manual to ensure teachers and students can access Pre-AP Classroom for resources and assessments.
- Prepare yourself
- Familiarize yourself with and explore the resources you can access in Pre-AP Classroom. Such as, where to go to locate course resources, usage reports, teacher progress toward professional learning requirements.
- Course Rosters
- Ensure students enrolled in the course correspond to those showing up as enrolled in Pre-AP Classroom.
- View Pre-AP Classroom for each course to find teacher guides, student materials, assessments, and professional learning modules. Standards Crosswalks for select states are available on Pre-AP Classroom at the course level.
- Read the Pre-AP Assessment Resources to understand the Pre-AP learning checkpoints and performance tasks.
- Use Pre-AP outreach resources to plan effective and timely outreach activities for the entire school community.
During the School Year
- Confirm all teachers have completed at least 1 Online Scoring Module for performance tasks, a program requirement.
- Create or extend additional professional learning opportunities for teachers and leaders to support the implementation of Pre-AP.
- Use the Coordinator Manual for guidance to on how to view: usage reports, assessment reports, and professional learning.
- Provide on-going support for teachers and students to ensure access to Pre-AP Classroom.
- Encourage teachers to plan together so they can select curricular resources aligned to the framework. Consider facilitating professional learning communities and/or cross-curricular, cross school, or cross-district meetings.
- Facilitate discussions with teachers and leaders around instructional practices and assessment for learning. Use Best Practices for Using Assessment Data and the Shared Principles Instructional Practices in Pre-AP Leader Resources on Pre-AP Classroom for support.
- Support teachers in the administration of the learning checkpoints, scoring of performance tasks, and use of student performance data.
- Visit Pre-AP classrooms and provide instructional support to teachers using the Shared Principles Instructional Practices.
- Revisit your plan for completing Pre-AP program requirements.
- Ensure your College Board account preferences are set to receive Pre-AP Monthly Newsletters to stay up to date on program information.
- Prepare for and administer the Pre-AP Final Exams (if applicable).
- Order additional Pre-AP course instructional materials for the spring if needed. For assistance with orders, email [email protected].
- Revisit Pre-AP outreach resources and sample meeting resources in the Resource Library to plan year-end activities.
Preparing for the Next School Year
- Elicit feedback on your Pre-AP courses to inform goals for the upcoming school year. Consider a variety of methods that allow teachers, students, and parents to provide their input, including sending surveys or facilitating focus groups.
- Place your order for Pre-AP courses and materials for the upcoming school year. For assistance with orders, email [email protected].
- Prepare for new and experienced teacher and leader professional learning.