AP Course Audit administrators can begin renewing previously authorized courses for the 2016-17 school year.
October 15 is the preferred date by which administrators should renew previously authorized courses to ensure the inclusion of these courses in the AP Course Ledger in November.
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Offering AP Seminar
AP Seminar is unique in that it can only be taught as part of the larger AP Capstone™ program. This course may only be offered to students at participating schools where teachers have completed the required professional development. High schools have already been selected for participation in the 2016-17 academic year. Schools interested in offering AP Capstone in the 2017-18 academic year will need to complete the application process. Visit the AP Capstone website to learn more about how to participate in this program.
Visit the AP Seminar website to learn more about how to participate in this program.
2016-17 Timeline for Participating Schools
Resources for 2016-17 syllabus development become available on the AP Course Audit website. The AP Course Audit begins accepting new syllabus submissions for 2016-17 authorization from AP Seminar teachers who have completed training. Because teachers complete a required professional development that includes unit planning and syllabus development activities, AP Seminar teachers may not submit one of the annotated sample syllabi for authorization.
New AP Seminar teachers attend required, five-day professional development. Following the completion of professional development, teachers will be granted access to the AP Course Audit for AP Seminar.
AP Seminar course begins at schools participating in AP Capstone.
October 1, 2016:
College Board preferred date for the initial submission of course materials (a syllabus and AP Course Audit form) for the 2016-17 school year. Teachers are also encouraged to review their local and state requirements for the submission of course syllabi to comply with potential earlier deadlines.
Authorized courses appear on the AP Course Ledger.
Beginning in July 2016, teachers with 2015-16 course authorization have two options to confirm their awareness and understanding of the revised Course and Exam Description:
- Option 1: Complete the AP Course Audit form and transfer a previously approved syllabus to the current school year. You can find detailed instructions, click here.
- Option 2: Complete the AP Course Audit form and submit a new or revised syllabus.
Instructions for the AP Course Audit Form
- Log in to your AP Course Audit account.
- Click the Add Course button and select AP Seminar.
- Click the Complete Course Audit Form button. Complete and submit the AP Course Audit Form. Your school administrator will need to approve the Course Audit form for your course to be authorized.
- Click Submit Syllabus.
- Click Transfer Approved Syllabus.
- Select the approved syllabus that you would like to use for the 2016-17 school year and submit.
Syllabus Development Guide
Includes the guidelines reviewers use to evaluate syllabi along with three samples of evidence for each requirement. This guide also specifies the level of detail required in the syllabus to receive course authorization.
Identifies the set of curricular and resource expectations that college faculty nationwide have established for a college-level course.
Example Textbook List
Includes a sample of AP college-level textbooks that meet the content requirements of the AP course.
Five Annotated Sample Syllabi
Provide examples of how the curricular requirements can be demonstrated within the context of actual syllabi.
Review these resources to ensure that you have included the required level of detail in your syllabus to successfully complete the course audit.
Syllabus Self Evaluation Checklist
Includes a list of items that teachers should verify prior to submitting the syllabus for review.
Use this checklist to ensure that your syllabus includes all required elements before submitting for review.
The College Board has partnered with Learning List to provide independent instructional materials review services for schools and districts for several redesigned and new subjects. More information about the alignment of each textbook is provided on the relevant example textbook lists. The new Example Textbook Lists which were reviewed by Learning List are for Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Science Principles, Physics 1 and 2, and World History.