AP Computer Science

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In the United States, Advanced Placement Computer Science is a suite of Advanced Placement courses and examinations covering areas of computer science. They are offered by the College Board to high school students as an opportunity to earn college credit for college-level courses.[1]

The suite consists of two current classes and one discontinued class.

AP Computer Science Principles[edit]

AP Computer Science Principles is an introductory course to computer science, "with a focus on how computing powers the world".[2] It is designed as a parallel to AP Computer Science A, to will emphasize computational thinking and fluency. It is meant to be the equivalent of a first-semester course in computer science.

AP Computer Science Principles was introduced in the 2016–2017 school year.

AP Computer Science A[edit]

AP Computer Science A is a programming class.[3] The course emphasizes object-oriented programming methodology, especially problem solving and algorithm development, plus an overview of data structures and abstraction. The AP Computer Science A exam tests students on their knowledge of Java.

It is meant to be the equivalent of a first-semester course in computer science.

The Microsoft-sponsored program Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) aims to increase the number of students taking AP Computer Science classes.[4]

AP Computer Science AB (discontinued)[edit]

AP Computer Science AB included all the topics of AP Computer Science A, as well as a more formal and a more in-depth study of algorithms, data structures, and data abstraction. For example, binary trees were studied in AP Computer Science AB but not in AP Computer Science A. The use of recursive data structures and dynamically allocated structures were fundamental to AP Computer Science AB.

AP Computer Science AB was equivalent to a full-year college course.[5]

Due to low numbers of students taking the exam, AP Computer Science AB was discontinued following the May 2009 exam administration.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Credit & Placement". AP Students. The College Board. 2017. Retrieved January 30, 2017. 
  2. ^ "AP Computer Science Principles: Course Details". AP Students. The College Board. 2017. Retrieved January 30, 2017. 
  3. ^ "AP Computer Science Principles: Course Details". AP Students. The College Board. 2017. Retrieved January 30, 2017. 
  4. ^ Bishop, Todd (2012-07-27). "Geek of the Week: Kevin Wang is putting computer scientists into high schools". GeekWire. Archived from the original on 2015-07-05. Retrieved 2015-07-05. 
  5. ^ "AP Computer Science AB Course Home Page". AP Central. The College Board. 2008. Archived from the original on May 16, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Important Announcement about AP Computer Science AB". AP Central. The College Board. 2008. Archived from the original on April 9, 2008. 
  7. ^ Cech, Scott J. (April 9, 2008). "College Board Intends to Drop AP Programs in Four Subjects". Education Week.