One of the things that makes the AP Program unique is its establishment of and reliance on Development Committees. These committees are essential to the preparation of course descriptions and exams. The College Board has found that a committee of highly qualified secondary school teachers and college professors can best determine the content of an AP course, and can design an exam that will be appropriate for assessing the achievement of students who have taken the AP course.
Most Development Committees have six or seven members, representing secondary schools and colleges from all regions of the country. They also represent a diversity of knowledge and points of view in their fields. Committee members bring to their tasks a deep knowledge of the curricula and instructional methods in their fields. The Committees work to spotlight students' mastery of a given subject and the ways in which students can demonstrate their abilities and skills.