CompuScholar's Java Programming curriculum is now endorsed by the College Board for AP Computer Science A. What does it all mean? It's now even easier for homeschool teachers to complete the AP Course Audit and officially list the course as "AP" on your transcript.
From the desk of the College Board:
"CompuScholar is recognized by the College Board as an endorsed provider of curriculum and professional development for AP® Computer Science A (AP CSA). Using an Endorsed Provider affords schools access to resources including an AP CSA syllabus pre-approved by the College Board’s AP Course Audit, and officially recognized professional development that prepares teachers to teach AP CSA. This endorsement affirms only that components of CompuScholar’s offerings are aligned to all the AP Curriculum Framework standards and the AP CSA assessment."
Simply stated, using an endorsed provider, like CompuScholar, gives you confidence that a curriculum covers all parts of the AP CSA exam requirements.
ARE THERE ANY CHANGES TO THE JAVA PROGRAMMING COURSE?
There are no big changes to the Java Programming course; the endorsement review confirmed it is aligned to the Unit Sequence and covers all required Java and Computer Science skills.
We have added a few new links and enhanced some of the teacher material as follows:
- Chapter 1 has gained 3 new introductory links:
- "Welcome to the Java Programming Course"
- "Student Guide to Preparing for the AP CSA Exam"
- "Teacher Guide to Preparing for the AP CSA Exam"
- Teacher Guides (per lesson) have gained new notes on integrating AP Classroom content
- Activity Solution Guides have gained new citations for AP CSA Learning Objectives covered by the lab
WHAT'S NEW IN THE COURSE AUDIT?
Previously, we published a Java Programming course syllabus that had been reviewed by the College Board and given an approved syllabus#. Teachers could then "claim identical" to that syllabus# as part of the Course Audit.
Now, using an endorsed provider, you no longer need to "Claim identical" to a syllabus#. Simply select the endorsed provider option during the Course Audit and select CompuScholar's curriculum from the endorsement list.
Our syllabus has not changed in any significant way; it is now simply automated as part of the endorsed provider list.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
As always, please Contact Us if you have questions!