Houston ISD leads the nation in increasing student access to Advanced Placement programs, as well as providing differentiated AP support resources to educators. As such, CollegeBoard has named Houston ISD as an AP District Honor Roll Recipient.Innovation & Postsecondary Programming is offering a suite of AP services, including foundational curriculum, district-wide digital collaboration spaces, campus leader development in the diverse uses of AP Potential, and Pre-AP course development support.From 2007 to 2015, HISD nearly doubled the number of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams. Innovation & Postsecondary Programming continued to lead HISD AP success in the subsequent years, as even more HISD students have participated in AP programs during the past two years, and even more have earned qualifying scores of 3 or higher.
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Foundational Course Support
Houston ISD's learning management system, known as the HUB, houses foundational support documents for our district-supported Advanced Placement courses, which are listed below. You may also click on the following courses below for access to publically-available College Board resources for the relevant AP course.The HISD HUB courses for each of the above AP subjects include College Board-approved syllabi, pacing calendars, planning guides, and additional resources organized by semester and cycle.During Summer 2016, the Innovation & Postsecondary Programming team revised AP foundational documents based on teacher feedback and any College Board curriculum/exam changes.Campus AP Coordinators and others may access additional College Board resources for all AP Courses, which include sample syllabi, sample pacing guides, released free response questions, and more by visiting AP Central.CollegeBoard AP Digital ResourcesHISD AP Teachers should establish a College Board Professional Account as soon as possible: https://account.collegeboard.org/login/login.This account enables teachers to complete the College Board Course Audit process, which should be coordinated with the relevant campus AP administrator. The Course Audit site provides access to secure downloads, including previously “live” AP exams.Once securing a College Board professional account, teachers should join the College Board AP Teacher Community for their particular course. The AP Teacher Community is a global network of educators that are also teaching the same AP course. Each community includes a library of resources that are uploaded by fellow educators, as well as a messaging board that allows teachers to collaborate with expert AP teachers across the globe: https://apcommunity.collegeboard.org/AP Computer Science PrinciplesIn addition to foundational courses outlined above, Innovation & Postsecondary Programming is proud to launch HISD's newest AP course, AP Computer Science Principles. Innovation & Postsecondary Programming has partnered with Code.org to offer HISD AP CSP educators 30 hours of face-to-face professional development during summer 2016, followed by four Saturday learning sessions during the academic year.Visit https://www.houstonisd.org/HISDecoded for more information about HISD's support for AP CSP and other computer science opportunities.Pre-AP Course DevelopmentPre-AP courses are intended to prepare students for subsequent instruction in AP courses. As such, Pre-AP courses should embed the same skills and processes that students need to perform tasks on subsequent AP exams.For example, Pre-AP World Geography should prepare students for success in AP World History. While Pre-AP World Geography engages students with different content, Pre-AP World Geography teachers should examine expectations for exam performance in AP World History and develop ways to scaffold instruction based on those same exam expectations. Pre-AP teachers can visit the links above to learn more about the subsequent AP course and its exam expectations.College Board provides professional development opportunities for Pre-AP teachers. You can learn more about these opportunities at College Board's Pre-AP webpage.