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Advanced Placement Teachers to Undergo Academic Audit

High school teachers who teach an advanced placement course will have to submit a syllabus to the College Board before teaching the class next year. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Advance Placement classes are courses students can take in high school for college credit. But beginning in January, AP teachers must first submit their course syllabus to the College Board in order to teach the class. A panel of college professors will then verify whether the class truly meets AP standards. College Board spokeswoman Sue Lander says this is the first time AP courses will be closely monitored.

Lander: Colleges wanted assurance, that when they see the AP label on a transcript, that this indeed means it’s a college level course. Because classes like AP or other rigourous college prep courses play an important role in admission decisions.

The AP trademark can’t be used if schools don’t go through the audit or don’t get approval. Some educators criticize the process, saying it's too time consuming. Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.

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