The Coordinator may be a full- or part-time administrator or counselor, or a faculty member who is not teaching an AP course or does not have a child taking an AP course.
The Coordinator takes primary responsibility for organizing and administering the AP program, doing things such as making sure exams are ordered on schedule and collecting fees. Many of them personally organize all aspects of the exam administrations. This encompasses many duties -- ensuring that exams are kept in secure storage before and after testing, carefully figuring out how many testing rooms will be needed, getting the necessary supplies (from calculators to tables and chairs), hiring and training proctors, and ensuring an optimal testing environment for two full weeks.
AP Coordinators also make sure that exams and fees are returned after the administration. Many make special arrangements in July and August to ensure that their school's AP Exam results and summaries are distributed. The AP Program recognizes all of the hard work that is involved with guiding a school's AP program and continually works to provide Coordinators with information and resources that will help them throughout this process.
A steadily increasing number of parents, students, teachers, and school administrators are turning to AP as a model of educational excellence. Administrators say AP raises the bar for academic achievement in their schools, and they often see a diffusion of higher academic standards through the schools' entire curriculum. High schools that participate in AP set the pace in college preparation. Teachers benefit by participating in professional development workshops and Summer Institutes as well as from the opportunity to become "Readers" for the AP Exams.
Many AP teachers derive enormous satisfaction from working in greater depth with a group of motivated students, and they appreciate the open dialogue and exchange of ideas with the diverse members of the AP community, which includes college faculty, school administrators, and other high school teachers. Students, of course, benefit by participating in a challenging and rigorous educational experience for which they may gain credit or advanced placement when they attend college.
The AP Program plays a creative role as well as a facilitative one. As an intermediary among the participating institutions, the Program:
The AP Program is open to any secondary school willing to:
There is no fee for a school to participate in AP. Schools near each other may form a multischool center to administer AP Examinations at a single location. Such a center requires only one AP Coordinator.
Here is a brief (23 minute) webinar to view if you are new to the procedure or want to refresh your memory. Here is the PowerPoint with notes that goes with the webinar as well as the Supplemental Roster for Option 2 students.
If you choose not to watch the video, here are some points to remember:
Never hesitate to call (405) 521-4288 should you have questions.
The six digit school code is a unique number assigned to a school, identifying it as an approved site to receive publications, administer exams, and receive students' exam grades. This number is shared by all three College Board Programs: AP, PSAT/NMSQT, and SAT. If a school has already participated in any of these testing programs, it will already have a code. If school staff do not know whether their school has an active school code, they can check by calling AP Services at (609) 771-7300 or toll free in the U.S. and Canada at (877) 274-6474.
Educational Testing Service (ETS) assigns these codes to schools that meet certain criteria. To receive a code, a High School Code Request Form must be completed. This form is available from ETS Code Control, P.O. Box 6666, Mail Stop 09-Q, Princeton, NJ 08543 U.S.A.; telephone (609) 771-7091; or fax (609) 771-7766.