Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Apply to be a Pilot Site for the AP CS Principles Course

As you may know a new Advanced Placement Computer Science, usually called AP CS Principles, is being developed by/for the College Board. The College Board is now looking for new schools to pilot this course as part of the development process. This announcement came through my inbox recently.
Dear Computer Science Teacher,
The College Board’s AP Program and the CS Principles (CSP) project team is happy to announce we are moving forward with the next phase (CSP Phase II) of the project, making the CSP course an official AP Computer Science Principles course and exam by academic year 2016-17.
For Phase II, we will be recruiting a cohort of 50 pilot schools to continue piloting the course and exam items over the next three years (2013-2016).  We’d like to extend an invitation for you to complete the College Board CSP Pilot Institutional Survey for the selection of Phase II schools. The institutional survey will be made available within the next couple of weeks (or sooner).
The following is some information that will be collected in the institutional survey for your consideration:
  • School characteristics (including the AI school code, type of institution and number of students enrolled)
  • Information about the computer science program at your school (number of CS teachers, number of CS courses offered, number of sections per course)
  • Individual information (a description of your teaching experiences with implementing portfolio or project-based assessments) and a CS Principles course syllabus matching to the learning objectives.
  • Recruiting plans (a qualitative description of your goals, a selection of potential strategies, and the numbers of different types of students in your ideally diversified classroom). Be prepared to provide the number of students you expect to recruit in your CS Principles course categorized as female, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, and mixed ethnicity.
Please note that selected pilot instructors will be asked to attend a professional development meeting on July 17-20, in Las Vegas, NV.
More information is available now at collegeboard.org/csprinciples and csprinciples.org.
If you have any questions, please contact Lien Diaz at ldiaz@collegeboard.org.
Thanks so much for your continued support and advocacy for this course.

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