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New website

posted Aug 14, 2014, 6:38 AM by Owen Astrachan

We are migrating to a new website for Computer Science Principles. DNS changes will be complete by September so that will map to that site, but you can see the new site now here: --- it will include the information from this site and more, but in a more modern web-friendly site.

Performance Tasks Changed

posted Jul 9, 2014, 10:45 AM by Owen Astrachan   [ updated Jul 9, 2014, 11:52 AM ]

The Computer Science Principles Development Committee has announced that the Investigate/Data Performance tasks will be dropped. There will be only two performance tasks going forward with Computer Science Principles. New versions of the other performance tasks, Create/Programming and Explore/Impact, will likely be available soon.

Rubrics Updated

posted Apr 11, 2014, 7:22 PM by Owen Astrachan   [ updated Apr 11, 2014, 7:23 PM ]

Rubrics for performance tasks have been updated -- the changes are minor edits, and information on sharing rubrics with students is included. See the About the Project page

Rubrics added

posted Mar 11, 2014, 7:55 PM by Owen Astrachan   [ updated Apr 11, 2014, 7:21 PM ]

Draft rubrics for the performance tasks have been added to the the About the Project section. These rubrics will not be used in 2014 to assign a score to any student work as part of the CS Principles pilot project. They may be used to help determine how to make changes to the performance tasks, and to help teachers. These rubrics are draft, they do not represent final rubrics for assessing the performance tasks.

Curriculum Framework: New, Specific, Still Draft

posted Mar 10, 2014, 1:33 PM by Owen Astrachan

A new, much more specific and still draft curriculum framework has been added. See the About the Project page for download and documents

Curriculum Framework Updated

posted Jan 23, 2014, 12:27 PM by Owen Astrachan

The curriculum framework was revised in December and is now updated. The learning objectives remain the same, new material helps explain them better

Performance Tasks Update

posted Jan 11, 2014, 5:41 AM by Owen Astrachan

The draft performance tasks have been updated as of January 11, 2014. There is also a one-page guide for teachers that provides some ideas on scaffolding and using the tasks in class. The updates include refining the reflection sections of the collaborative performance tasks to make the reflections specific to the task. The updates also simplify and clarify what students submit for the tasks.

Phase 2 of AP CS Principles

posted Jun 14, 2013, 4:17 AM by Owen Astrachan   [ updated Jun 14, 2013, 4:18 AM ]

The College Board has released a press release  announcing Phase 2 of the CS Principles project, leading to an operational exam in 2016-2017. With this announcement we are happy to announce those high schools and colleges that will be piloting the course for the next three years. Roughly forty high schools and ten colleges will be part of this next phase of piloting. launches; releases video promoting programming

posted Mar 1, 2013, 6:27 AM by Brook Osborne   [ updated Mar 1, 2013, 6:47 AM ]

The much anticipated has finally launched. Along with the launch comes a great video that highlights the need for access to learning programming, which is a part of the CS Principles curriculum. Check it out here

Prototype items now available on!

posted Jan 15, 2013, 12:07 PM by Brook Osborne

Annotated copies of the prototype free response questions from  2011-12 and the portfolio tasks from 2012-13 are now available on the site. Head over to the 'about the project' tab to check them out! 

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