Offering your expertise and experience to the AP Program can be both professionally and personally rewarding.
You can become involved today. Here are some options:
Become an AP Reader
Each June, college and university faculty and AP teachers from around the world gather for the annual AP Reading. There, the AP Readers score the free-response sections of all AP exams. In 2014, more than 4,500 college faculty participated as AP Readers.
Many faculty Readers find the opportunity to interact with other professionals within their discipline professionally valuable. They also have reported the Reading to be useful in helping them develop new strategies for teaching and assessing their own students. Plus, with the oversight structure in place at these Readings, you can have the opportunity to have additional levels of responsibility and leadership at the Readings – and nationally – as you advance in experience. Learn more about becoming a Reader.
Serve as a Subject Matter Expert
Higher education faculty are critical to the development and oversight of AP courses and assessments. There are multiple ways to contribute to the development and review of the AP curriculum and assessments, as well as to advise the College Board on the delivery and messaging of its programs.
- Serve on a Curriculum Development Committee – ensure that the AP curricula and exams meet the expectations of higher education institutions offering comparable college courses.
- Train Teachers at Annual Summer Professional Development Events - train teachers on the expectations higher education has for their students and give valuable insights and perspectives.
- Serve on Short-Term Advisory Boards for the AP Program – help advise the College Board on current directions in your discipline, and, on college-level expectations for students in your field. For more information on these weekend-long events, please email us with a copy of your c.v.
- Administer a Sample AP Exam to Your Students for Comparability - help align AP Exams to comparable college courses by administering a section of an AP Exam to your students. The results are compared to the students’ final course grades and used to define the knowledge and skills required to earn scores on the AP Exam. Contact us for more information.
Conduct a Research Study
The College Board can help your institution explore the connections between AP participation and other academic outcomes – including student success and completion. With this information, you can determine the appropriate cut scores and other policy guidelines for placing proficient students into higher-level courses.
States, systems, and individual institutions may request student-level AP data from us by entering into a data usage, or data sharing, agreement. This data can then be used in state longitudinal data systems (SLDS) as a college readiness metric – one of twelve data elements defined in the America COMPETES Act. The data can also be used to conduct your own campus-based study of AP validity.