Jan 29, 2018
What’s the deal? The College Board, parent company of student favorites like the SAT and Advanced Placement (AP) courses, is launching its AP Capstone program in 2018-19 in 1,500 high schools nationwide, including 61 in New York state (a number of them being NYC charter and prep schools).
I’m listening. The AP Capstone program is designed as a two-year program for academically advanced students, with two components: an AP Seminar course (for 11th graders) and a yearlong AP Research course. Students passing both components with a score of 3 or higher, as well as on four more AP course exams, earn an AP Capstone Diploma. Students only earning a score of 3 or higher on the two component courses earn an AP Seminar and Research Certificate. Director Neels Durbin of Dyersburg City Schools in Tennessee, one of the schools involved in the inaugural rollout of the program, says the AP Capstone program “gives teachers more leeway with curriculum choices so their students can access more challenging coursework and sharpen their reading and writing skills.”
The bottom line for tutors… With the AP Seminar’s individual project and presentation component and written final exam, college and test prep tutors are well-equipped to help AP Capstone students by specializing in the new program, and assisting students with their other AP coursework. The same goes for tutors interested in assisting AP Research students navigate the process of a yearlong research project, guiding students from the initial stages of preparing for research, to delivering the final written product.
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