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Important Updates

2020-21 AP Course Audit: What You’ll Need to Do

If you’re teaching an AP Microeconomics course for the first time in 2020-21, you’ll need to submit two items:

  • A subject-specific AP Course Audit form
  • Documentation showing your understanding of course scope—choose 1 of 4 options:
    • adopt a sample syllabus
    • adopt the AP unit guides
    • claim identical to a colleague’s approved syllabus
    • submit your own course syllabus for review (For help creating your syllabus, sign in to your AP Course Audit account and click on the Resource section.)

If you’re teaching a previously authorized AP Microeconomics course, you won’t need to submit anything. Your school administrator can simply renew your course for 2020-21.

Once authorized, you’ll receive:

  • access to AP Classroom (practice exams, formative assessments, etc.) in July 2020
  • inclusion in the AP Course Ledger published in November 2020
  • access to online score reports in July 2021

Getting to Know the AP Microeconomics Course

The key document for each AP course is the course and exam description. Start by reviewing it to understand the objectives and expectations of the course and exam.

AP Microeconomics Course and Exam Description

 

Your course must fulfill these requirements.

AP Microeconomics curricular requirements:

  • The students and teacher have access to a college-level microeconomics textbook.
  • The course provides opportunities to develop student understanding of the big ideas. The course provides opportunities to develop student understanding of the required content outlined in each of the units described in the course and exam description. The course provides opportunities for students to develop the skills in:
    • Skill Category 1: Principles and Models
    • Skill Category 2: Interpretation
    • Skill Category 3: Manipulation
    • Skill Category 4: Graphing and Visuals

AP Microeconomics resource requirements:

  • The school ensures that each student has a college-level microeconomics textbook (in print or electronic format) for individual use inside and outside the classroom. The textbook is supplemented when necessary to meet the curricular requirements.
  • The school ensures that the teacher has a copy of the most recent edition of a college-level microeconomics textbook or other appropriate materials to support instruction.

The list below represents examples of textbooks that meet the curricular requirements of AP Microeconomics. The list is not exhaustive and the texts listed should not be regarded as endorsed, authorized, recommended, or approved by College Board. Not using a book from this list does not mean that a course will not receive authorization. Syllabi submitted as part of the AP Course Audit process will be evaluated holistically, with textbooks considered along with supplementary resources to confirm that the course as a whole provides students with the content delineated in the curricular requirements of the AP Course Audit.

The current editions of the following textbooks meet the AP Course Audit curricular requirements. Earlier editions of these texts or other textbooks not listed here may meet the AP Course Audit curricular requirements if supplemented with appropriate college-level instructional resources. For discussions regarding the usefulness of these texts and other teaching materials in the AP Microeconomics classroom, please consult the AP Microeconomics Teacher Community.

  • Anderson, David, and Margaret Ray. Krugman's Economics for the AP Course. Worth Publishers
  • Arnold, Roger A. Economics. Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning.
  • Bade, Robin, and Michael Parkin. Foundations of Economics, AP Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
  • Baumol, William J., and Alan S. Blinder. Economics: Principles and Policy. Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning.
  • Case, Karl, G., Ray C. Fair, and Sharon Oster. Principles of Economics. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
  • Chiang, Eric. Core Economics. New York: Worth Publishers.
  • Coppock, Lee, and Dirk Mateer. Principles of Microeconomics. New York, NY: W.W. Norton and Co.
  • Colander, David C. Economics. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Cowen, Tyler, and Alex Tabarrok. Modern Principles: Economics. New York: Worth Publishers.
  • Frank, Robert H., and Ben Bernanke. Principles of Economics. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Gottheil, Fred M. Principles of Economics. Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning.
  • Greenlaw, Steven A., and Timothy Taylor. Principles of Microeconomics. Houston, TX: OpenStax.
  • Gwartney, James D., et al. Economics: Private and Public Choice. Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning.
  • Hall, Robert E., and Marc Lieberman. Economics: Principles and Applications. Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning.
  • Hubbard, R. Glenn, and Anthony Patrick O’Brien. Economics. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
  • Krugman, Paul, and Robin Wells. Economics. New York: Worth Publishers.
  • Mankiw, N. Gregory. Principles of Economics. Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning.
  • McConnell, Campbell R., and Stanley L. Brue, and Sean Masaki Flynn. Economics: Principles, Problems, and Policies. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • McEachern, William A. Economics: A Contemporary Introduction. Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning.
  • Miller, Roger LeRoy. Economics Today. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
  • O’Sullivan, Arthur, Steven Sheffrin, and Stephen Perez. Economics: Principles, Applications, and Tools. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson
  • Parkin, Michael. Economics. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
  • Rittenberg, Libby, and Timothy Tregarthen. Principles of Economics. Washington, DC: Flat World Knowledge.
  • Samuelson, Paul A., and William B. Nordhaus. Economics. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Schiller, Bradley R., Cynthia D. Hill, and Sherri L. Wall. The Economy Today. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Sexton, Robert L. Exploring Economics. Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning.
  • Slavin, Stephen L. Economics. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Taylor, John, and Akila Weerapana. Principles of Economics. Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning.
  • Tucker, Irvin B. Economics for Today. Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning.

This annotated sample AP Microeconomics syllabus shows how the curricular requirements can be demonstrated in a syllabus and what level of detail you’ll need to include.

AP Microeconomics Sample Syllabus 1 (.pdf/1.3KB)

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