Standards Based Grading for AP Computer Science

This school year, I began teaching AP1 Computer Science A. It is the first time this course has been offered in our district. Our district has been using a form of Standards Based Education (SBE) for 3 years and every course has a set of standards that are used for grading all students taking that course throughout the district.

I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to author these standards. I started by aligning objectives taken from the AP Computer Science Course Description and several other curriculum resources. The standards I ended up with were influenced heavily by advice and thoughts from other educators and industry professionals.

What have others experienced teaching AP Computer Science in a standards based grading system?





1 AP is a registered trademark of the College Entrance Examination Board. They were not involved in the production of these standards.

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