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By now you’ve probably heard about the new processes coming to all AP schools in 2019-20.

Here’s what AP Computer Science Principles teachers can expect:

  • Starting in August, you’ll have access to a new resource: the AP Classroom system with an AP question bank.
  • You’ll need to complete a simple digital activation process to access the new system.
    • This will help your students register for their exams. Your school’s AP coordinator will set up your class sections in the system and these sections will carry over to the Digital Portfolio.
    • When students enroll in your class sections in the system, their enrollment will carry over to the AP Digital Portfolio. Your students will still use the AP Digital Portfolio to submit their final performance tasks, and you will still use the AP Digital Portfolio to monitor the progress of students' final submissions.
  • There won't be any updates to the AP Computer Science Principles course and assessment for the 2019-20 school year. (As you’ve probably heard, there will be updates for the following school year, in 2020-21.)
  • If you’re teaching a new AP CSP course, you‘ll need to submit a syllabus for the 2019-20 AP Course Audit authorization.

Key Dates for AP Computer Science Principles Teachers

  • The AP Classroom system—including an AP question bank—becomes available, along with interactive tutorials on how to make the most of these resources with your students.
    • Your school’s AP coordinator will set up your class sections, which will automatically enable the AP Digital Portfolio for your students. If your coordinator chooses not to create class sections, you can create your own in AP Classroom.*
    • Completing a simple digital activation process will give you immediate access to the AP Classroom system and will ensure your students can register for the exams by the new fall deadlines.*
    • If you’re teaching a new AP CSP course in 2019-20, you’ll need to have your AP Course Audit form approved by your administrator before you can access the system.*
  • Familiarize yourself with the system and start exploring the AP question bank.
  • Access the AP question bank to see what questions are available for you to assign to your students for instructional and assessment purposes throughout the year.
  • Before classes start, log in to the system to get join codes for each of your class sections.*
  • Post the join code for your class section on the board or distribute it to your students. Tell students to log in and join you class section before the next class.*

 

  • By October: Work with your AP coordinator to ensure that all your AP students have joined your AP Classroom section.*
  • October 1: 
    • If you’re a new AP CSP teacher: Preferred deadline to submit your materials for the 2019-20 AP Course Audit in order to access the AP Digital Portfolio.*
    • If you’re a returning AP CSP teacher: Preferred deadline to have your course renewed.*
  • October 4: Preferred deadline for your AP coordinator to order 2020 AP Exams.
  • November 15: Deadline for your AP coordinator to order 2020 AP Exams. 
  • Before March: If your course started after November 15, 2019, make sure that all your students have joined your AP Classroom section and are following your AP coordinator’s directions about registering for AP Exams.*
  • March 13, 2020: Deadline for your AP coordinator to place exam orders for students in courses that started after November 15, 2019.*
  • April 30, 2020 11:59 p.m. EST: Final submission deadline for Create and Explore Performance Tasks in the AP Digital Portfolio.*
  • May 2020: AP Exam administration.

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