Shelby County School System

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College Board AP Audit Overview
The AP Course Audit was created at the request of secondary school and college members of the College Board who sought a means for the College Board to:
  1. provide teachers and administrators with clear guidelines on curricular and resource requirements that must be in place for AP courses; and
  2. help colleges and universities better interpret secondary school courses marked "AP" on students' transcripts.
All schools wishing to label a course "AP" must complete and return the subject-specific AP Course Audit form, along with the course syllabus, for each teacher of that AP course. Within two months of submitting AP Course Audit materials, schools will receive authorization for qualifying courses to use the "AP" designation on student transcripts, course catalogs, or other materials. Colleges and universities receive a ledger of schools that lists the courses authorized to use the "AP" designation at each school.
The AP Program unequivocally supports the principle that each individual school must develop its own curriculum for courses labeled "AP." Rather than mandating any one curriculum for AP courses, the AP Course Audit instead provides each AP teacher with a set of expectations that college and secondary school faculty nationwide have established for college-level courses. AP teachers are encouraged to develop or maintain their own curriculum that either includes or exceeds each of these expectations; such courses will be authorized to use the "AP" designation. Credit for the success of AP courses belongs to the individual schools and teachers that create powerful, locally-designed AP curricula.
Note: Schools may continue to order and administer AP Exams without participating in the AP Course Audit, but cannot label courses "AP" without the authorization granted through the AP Course Audit.
For more information about the College Board AP Audit – see the AP Central web-site: