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Computer Science Principles

AP Computer Science Principles (AP CSP) is unique from other AP courses and exams in a number of ways, which impacts your role as an AP coordinator.

  1. The assessment consists of two parts:
  2. Students submit their performance tasks in the AP Digital Portfolio system, a web-based platform. As the AP coordinator, your role is to monitor students’ activity in the digital portfolio, and perform a few tasks connected to the digital portfolio prior to the performance tasks submission deadline of April 30.

Special Instructions for AP Coordinators

If you are an AP coordinator in a school that is offering AP Computer Science Principles, you need to take the following steps to ensure students are set up to submit performance tasks and take the end-of-course exam.

  • Download the AP Digital Portfolio Webinar for Coordinators
  • Download the AP CSP Coordinator Guide (.pdf/1MB)
  • Review the Student Indicator in the AP Digital Portfolio

    Students must indicate in the AP Digital Portfolio system that they are planning to take the end-of-course exam for their performance tasks to be scored. You must review this indicator before ordering the end-of-course exams to reconcile exam orders. If there is a discrepancy between the student’s indicator in the digital portfolio and your assessment of which students are taking the end-of-course exam, talk to those students as soon as possible and ensure that the correct indicator is selected in the digital portfolio.

  • Order Preadministration Materials

    You must order preadministration materials by the April 4 ordering deadline, even if you’re not planning to offer preadministration sessions. This will ensure that students can receive their AP Student Packs in time to enter their AP numbers in the AP Digital Portfolio.

    Orders for preadministration materials can only be placed with the initial exam order, so make sure to have all of your AP CSP exams included in your initial order.

    Performance tasks will be sent for scoring only if the student has completed all required tasks for final submission in the digital portfolio by the submission deadline: (1) submit the performance tasks as final, (2) indicate they are taking the end-of-course exam, and (3) enter their AP number in the AP Digital Portfolio.

Share Resources with Students

To ensure scoring of their work, students must complete the following tasks in the AP Digital Portfolio:

  • Indicate intent to take the end-of-course exam
  • Enter their AP number
  • Submit required files for the performance tasks

Guide students with instructions on how to navigate the AP Digital Portfolio.

Supporting Independent Study and Home-Schooled Students

Students who plan to study independently for the AP CSP end-of-course exam without participating in an AP CSP class at a high school, as well as home-schooled students, may request to take the end-of-course exam at your high school. If you choose to support these students, you need to perform these additional tasks:

Supporting Students taking AP CSP Online

Some students may be take an AP CSP class through an online provider. The teacher of the online class is responsible for creating CSP classroom(s) on the AP Digital Portfolio where students will upload and submit final performance tasks.

If these students want to take an AP CSP end-of-course exam at your high school, as an AP Coordinator you need to:

  • Order preadministration materials to provide students with the AP number for final submission (the AP number will be available in the Student Pack).
  • Order the end-of-course exam for the students in the online class.
  • Administer the end-of-course exam.

Students will have to temporarily change their school code to enroll in the online course. For more information see the AP Digital Portfolio Student Guide for AP Computer Science Principles, which outlines the steps students take to enroll in an AP CSP class at a school other than their primary school.

Supporting Students with Disabilities

Students who show that their disabilities affect participation in an AP CSP end-of-course exam are eligible to take this exam with accommodations. Typical accommodations include Braille and large-print exams, extended time, use of a computer for essays (in applicable AP courses), and extra breaks. These are not the only accommodations available – the College Board will consider all requests for students with documented disabilities.

Accommodations are available for the AP CSP end-of-course exam for students who have been approved for testing accommodations by the College Board Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office. AP and SSD coordinators are responsible for ensuring that the correct accommodations are in place every time students with approved accommodations take a College Board exam, including AP CSP. Find out more.

The AP Digital Portfolio conforms to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 (Level A and AA success criteria) and is compatible with screen readers like JAWS in browsers like IE and Firefox.

Technical Requirements and Recommendations

To navigate the AP Digital Portfolio, you will need to use a computer with an internet connection. System requirements include:

  • Browsers: Latest version of Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, or Safari
  • Operating systems: Windows 7, 8.1, Mac OS X, iOS 9
  • Devices: Desktop, Tablet, Mobile

Important Tasks and Timelines

September 2017

  • The AP Digital Portfolio system opens this month. Teachers who complete the AP Course Audit for AP CSP will have access to the AP Digital Portfolio to create online classrooms and enroll their students.

November 2017

  • AP coordinators who need to create a classroom to support independent study and home-schooled students will be given access to the AP Digital Portfolio.

March 2018

  • AP coordinators ensure that students have correctly indicated their plans to take the end-of-course exam in the AP Digital Portfolio.
  • April 4: On or before this date, AP coordinators order preadministration materials and end-of-course exams for students who plan to take the end-of-course exam. Orders for preadministration materials placed by March 14 will be delivered by April 6. Orders placed between March 15 and April 4 will be delivered by April 16.

April 2018

  • AP coordinators provide students with the AP number and college code list from the AP Student Pack found in the preadministration materials.
  • AP coordinators designate a time for students to add their AP numbers in the Digital Portfolio.
  • April 30 is the deadline for students to complete all required tasks for final submission of the through-course assessment in the AP Digital Portfolio: (1) submit the performance tasks as final (2) indicate they are taking the end-of-course exam, and (3) enter their AP number in the digital portfolio.

May 2018

  • AP coordinators administer the AP CSP End-of-Course Exam.

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