This is completely unreasonable. Why so early? We already devote January to May for AP testing, now we would have to start earlier. Schools have other testing requirements in the fall; Pre-ACT and PSAT. Way too early!!!
Nov 1 Registration/Order Deadline for AP Exams
From Section V-B (page 5) of the Pilot Contract -
Districts shall order AP Exams by Wednesday, November 1, 2017. As a result of students having completed the online signup process, District's AP Coordinators will be able to review student registration rosters in a new ordering tool designed for this Pilot. The AP Coordinator will be able to generate their school's exam orders from this roster. The order could be edited to include other important information such as requested accommodations, the addition of self-studying examinees, or the removal of non-testing AP students. The College Board shall make an AP ordering liaison available to assist with this new process.
Schools' comments regarding the pilot deadline:
- Why is the ordering deadline so early, months before the deadline for schools not in the pilot?
- I don’t think we can require families to pay for AP exams by Nov 1.
- Staff are already swamped, helping students with early decision applications that are also due Nov 1.
Please share your thoughts on how this change would affect your school community.
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Absolutely nuts! College Board has lost it's mind
Our school moved to a fall registration model this year - setting our regular registration deadline for 11/15 and with a late fee through 12/1. We chose these date purposefully knowing how much there is to do for the college application/recommendation writing process leading up to November 1, especially. I am not opposed to doing the registration in the fall - but since many school counselors double as AP Coordinators, I'd expect College Board to be cognizant of the other responsibilities that are on counselor's plates during this time frame.
My school does not offer any AP courses. However, there are several courses with similar curriculum such as Calc and Stats. We give about 150+ exams per year.
We do not submit the course syllabus to CB for approval.
How will my students register for the exam if we are not officially in the CB data base?
Will we be forced to align our curriculum with AP if we want to offer the exams?
Our students don't decide if they are ready to take AP exams until at least the end of the first semester. We would have fewer students taking tests if they had to commit by November. That deadline is totally unreasonable.
Over the past 33 years, I've taken every opportunity to inform the College Board of my thoughts and feelings as the PSAT, SAT and AP coordinator for my high schools. Any change the AP exam registration/ordering timeline will negatively impact my ability to organize the programs, and negatively impact students in terms of pressure to decide before the first semester is underway, and paying fees for exams they may decide not to take.
This is not a good idea. My spring semester students will not have set foot in my classroom yet. They do not even know if they are going to take the class or drop it as that decision is not made until the first week of February. How can you require them to register so early or require them to pay significantly more for the privilege of seeing if the class is for them before making an exam decision. This is just plain wrong.
Our students and parents will NOT be ready for such a shift. They were complaining this year about having a March 6th deadline this year. I can't imagine what it's going to be line for Nov 1st.
What educational value is there to have students register by November 1st? My district encourages students to expand their learning and take AP classes. Students will be 5 weeks into the curriculum and teachers will be saying you need to order an exam.
This is an edited repost, on my part, from a few moths ago,
I have been a counselor for 27 years, and was AP coordinator for 24 years. The College Board has slowly and insidiously created the "gold standard" for what excellence is supposed to look like. I mean take a look at the initial line in the SAT proctor’s script that says, "Good morning. Today you are going to take the SAT. This is your chance to show how prepared you are for college and career." Really, are you kidding me??!! The SAT trumps the transcript, the life experiences, the overall academic preparation, day in and day out in classes and internship opportunities??? The SAT is really the student’s "chance" to show how prepared they are????
The College Board has long since outlived its usefulness, in both college admissions and AP curriculum. Gone are the days when colleges tracked freshman grades and SAT scores to determine who would most likely be a fit for their institution in future admissions. The CB has set up a false measure of “equity and excellence” that makes every high school afraid that their score will go down from year to year. But what does it mean? It only indicates how many students got suckered into paying way too much money to take a test that means very little, and is based on a curriculum that is grossly out of touch with best practices in authentic learning and assessment. A few years ago, we decided to stop doing Middle States. And do you know what happened? Nothing, except we didn't pay a large sum of money to jump through hoops to get a gold star. Yes, I am suggesting that the College Board is the same type of “white elephant” as Middle States.
The time has really come to leverage dual credit opportunities for students through local colleges and online coursework, where they can actually earn college credits, and not just hope to get a score on one test that will determine if their college will grant them credit. The College Board is entirely about making money for themselves, and continue to create the facade that they are the be all, and end all of success in college. The have become the all-powerful Oz! And everyone is afraid to stop buying into their products, because they have created the false-narrative that they are essential to the college admissions process. The College Board is not interested in creating dialog, or even being relevant. They don't have to be - since they made the rules we all feel we must follow
This newest AP registration money-making ploy by the College Board once again highlights how out of touch they are with what actually takes place in schools on a day-to-day basis, and how little they care for those whom they are claiming to herald “equity and excellence”. I wish I could be a non-profit like the College Board claims to be! Enough is enough! This will only change when a significant number of educators and districts stand up and hold the College Board accountable for the waste of time and money being poured into their largely irrelevant programs.