A new Advanced Placement® (AP) high school course curriculum melding together computer science and cybersecurity, developed by the NCyTE Center and CodeHS, has been reviewed and endorsed by College Board.
As an endorsed curriculum from College Board, AP Computer Science Principles: Cybersecurity includes a preapproved syllabus, lesson plans, instruction supports, and professional development to help prepare teachers to teach the course. College Board is the non-profit organization that administers the SAT® and AP program for high schools.
“This is a big win for high school students, teachers and ultimately the nation’s workforce and security” noted Corrinne Sande, NCyTE Director and project Principal Investigator. “Exposing computer science students to cybersecurity concepts at an early stage will promote more secure coding for those who continue in the profession, as well as in general as future employees and citizens. NCyTE is proud to have partnered on this accomplishment that will ensure broad-ranging impact as a result of the College Board’s endorsement of the new course.”
According to College Board, more than 950 colleges and universities offer credit, advanced placement, or both for qualifying scores on the AP CSP exam, thus allowing students to progress more rapidly in their chosen program of study by earning college credit while still in high school. In 2020, over 116,000 students took the AP CSP exam—more than double the number of exam takers in the course’s first year, and a 21% increase over the previous year.
The material in AP CSP: Cybersecurity and the individual lessons is based upon work supported by the NCyTE Center and the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1548315, Catalyzing Computing and Cybersecurity in Community Colleges (C5).