AP Announces Expanded Student, Teacher Supports and Khan Practice for 2019
AP Announces Expanded Student, Teacher Supports and Khan Practice for 2019Michael Preston, Associate Director, Communications
During his plenary this afternoon at the AP Annual Conference, Trevor Packer, senior vice president for AP and instruction, announced a new system of resources and supports designed to achieve the program’s fundamental goal: empowering students and supporting teachers to achieve genuine success.
To help develop these materials, AP went right to the experts for help: “We listened to and learned from AP teachers and coordinators, about the support and resources they want most for their students,” said Packer.
The new supports will provide students with meaningful feedback that will increase their understanding of course content throughout the year. Among them is the AP Question Bank, the most commonly requested resource of the AP teacher community. The Question Bank is a library of real AP Exam questions—sortable by topic and skills—that teachers can use to create practice tests and assignments for students to help identify and address potential learning gaps.
Packer was joined onstage by Sal Khan, founder and CEO of Khan Academy, to introduce Khan Academy as the official practice partner of the Advanced Placement Program. Modeled on the successful partnership between Khan Academy and the SAT, a new offering—Official Student Practice on Khan Academy—will provide AP students with instructional videos and engaging opportunities to master content at their own pace.
“What if there’s a world where together we can create materials where you can cover the materials and fill in those gaps? Where you can have the information so that you know where all of your students are strong and weak on a very granular level?” asked Khan. “I think there’s a chance—together—of taking this thing called education, that’s always been instrumental between who are the haves and have nots, and making it that much more fundamental, and making a world where everyone feels that between what they’re getting in the classroom and what they’re able to get outside of the classroom, they are really able to compete with anyone in the world.”
In addition to the Question Bank and Official Student Practice on Khan Academy, AP students and teachers will be able to take advantage of the following resources at no additional cost, starting in the 2019-2020 school year:
- Unit Guides: Planning guides that outline critical content and skills for major topic areas within a course, so teachers can focus and deepen instruction.
- Online Unit Tests: Formative AP questions that provide feedback to students on which areas they need focus.
- Performance Dashboard: Interactive reports that track and measure students’ performance on critical concepts and skills.
“We’re committed to supporting the culture of commitment and excellence that happens every day in AP classrooms across the country,” Packer said. “Providing these resources is the key to making AP the best way for a greater range of students to develop the knowledge and skills they need for college success.”
More information about these new supports and resources can be found at collegeboard.org/ap2019.