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New AP Biology Curriculum

In case you haven’t heard, there have been significant advances in AP Biology. The new Advanced Placement Biology course includes changes to the required AP Biology labs for 2012-2013 as well as more detailed learning objectives for the new curriculum. The new “AP Biology Course and Exam Description” offers much greater detail as to what students are expected to know by the time the AP Biology Test day rolls around. The new AP Biology Course and Exam Description is a whopping 193 pages long (the old one was only 42 pages). In my opinion, these revisions are a welcome change. In effect, this additional guidance should allow teachers to design a more streamlined program. However, sorting through the documents on the AP Biology course web page can be a little overwhelming (the new lab manual is 426 pages long). Clear Biology is working hard to help fellow educators through the process of understanding and successfully implementing the new AP Biology curriculum.

 

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  1. Do you have materials for learning AP Biology at home? Our AP/IB Biology teacher took a sudden and unplanned leave of absence. The administration is at a loss at what to do, and unable to answer parents’ questions about a plan. Three weeks have passed, and still no answer. We have a group of parents who would like to put together a plan with a tutor but we are having trouble finding an outline for the new 2012-2013 test. Are you able to help?

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  2. Mr. Conn,

    I am a Biology major but teach high school Physics/Integrated science. I am interested in preparing to become certified to teach AP Biology. What is the best way I can do this training?
    marlon.francis@jefferson.kyschools.us

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    • There is actually not a teacher certification for teaching AP Biology. However, to use the “AP” designation, you have to have your syllabus approved through the “AP Course Audit.” There are a couple of other steps the school will need to take, including designating an AP coordinator. You may want to check out this page for more information. http://professionals.collegeboard.com/k-12/assessment/ap/plan/training Hope this helps. Good luck.

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  3. Do you know where I can get any type of full practice exam for the new format of the exam ? I’m a student, and my teacher has not/is not giving us questions in the new format !

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    • Hi Bennett, I’m sorry hear about that. Unfortunately, I am not able to post a copy of the official practice exam. It is considered a secure document by the College Board and is only available at this time to AP instructors. However, I would encourage you to look at the “Exam Practice” section of the AP Biology Course and Exam Description. The CED is the guiding document for the new exam and the practice questions it contains are in the new format. You should definitely check out Appendix A as well. Another interesting document to look at is a PDF called AP Biology – An Overview of Course Revisions . I would point out that the exam layout described in this document is not completely up-to-date. Go with what the CED says instead. Good Luck.

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  4. Hi Jeremy!
    I’m so glad to see that you’ve discovered and shared the wonderful resources that the Concord Consortium has! I’ve used them for quite a few years at both the AP and Honors Biology levels. There is a very good 5E lab called “French Fries, Dialysis Tubing, & Computer Models: Teaching Diffusion & Osmosis Through Inquiry and Modeling.” It uses the diffusion interactive suite listed under Biology. It’s also listed as an alternative lab in the new AP Biology lab manual. Who doesn”t love french fries? 🙂

    Cheryl Hollinger

    P.S. The Dragon Genetics activity is still a student favorite at our school. (http://biologica.concord.org/webtest1/web_labs_genophenotype.htm)

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    • Hey Cheryl, Thanks for the feedback and the great tips! Speaking of dragons (and genetics), I’ve been meaning to take a closer look at the Concord Consortium’s Geniverse program. (http://concord.org/projects/geniverse) I spent a few minutes playing around with the demo; pretty snazzy.

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