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All schools that want to label a course “AP” must get authorization by going through the AP Course Audit. This means submitting two things:

  • A subject-specific AP Course Audit Form
  • A course syllabus

Teachers have the option to create their own syllabus or adopt one of the sample syllabi provided. A teacher-created syllabus is checked by our reviewers to ensure that the course fulfills the AP Program’s course-specific curricular and resource requirements.

We offer plenty of resources, below, to help teachers understand course requirements and create a syllabus that fulfills these.

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Designing Your AP Statistics Course

The AP Statistics course should be designed by your school to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that of an introductory college course in statistics. An introductory statistics course, similar to the AP Statistics course, is typically required for majors in the fields of social sciences, health sciences, and business. Science, engineering, and mathematics majors usually take an upper-level, calculus-based course in statistics, for which the AP Statistics course is an effective preparation. The purpose of your course should be to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data.

Students enrolling in AP Statistics should have completed second-year algebra or its equivalent.

Getting to Know the Course and Exam

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 AP course and exam.

Creating Your Syllabus

Use these resources to design your syllabus.


Download this document for more help creating your syllabus.

  • Syllabus Development Guide: AP Statistics (.pdf/752KB) - Includes the guidelines reviewers use to evaluate syllabi along with three samples of evidence for each requirement. This guide also specifies the level of detail required in the syllabus to receive course authorization.

These four annotated sample AP Statistics syllabi show how the curricular requirements can be demonstrated in a syllabus and what level of detail you’ll need to include.

Your course must fulfill these requirements, and your syllabus should make it clear how the requirements will be addressed.

AP Statistics curricular requirements:

  • The teacher has read the most recent AP Statistics Course Description (.pdf/850KB).
  • The course provides instruction in each of the following four broad conceptual themes outlined in the course description with appropriate emphasis on each:
    • Exploring data
    • Sampling and experimentation
    • Anticipating patterns
    • Statistical inference
  • The course draws connections between all aspects of the statistical process, including design, analysis, and conclusions.
  • The course teaches students how to communicate methods, results, and interpretations using the vocabulary of statistics.
  • The course teaches students how to use graphing calculators and demonstrates the use of computers and/or computer output to enhance the development of statistical understanding through exploring and analyzing data, assessing models, and performing simulations.

AP Statistics resource requirements:

  • The school ensures that each student has a college-level statistics textbook for individual use, inside and outside of the classroom.
  • The school ensures that each student has access to a graphing calculator with statistical capabilities.
  • The school provides access to a computer to aid in investigating and analyzing data and in exploring statistical models.

The list below represents examples of textbooks that meet the curricular requirements of AP Statistics. The list below is not exhaustive and the texts listed should not be regarded as endorsed, authorized, recommended, or approved by the 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, supporting 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 specified editions of the following textbooks meet the AP Statistics 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 Statistics classroom, please consult the AP Statistics Teacher Community.

  • Bock, David E., Paul F. Velleman, and Richard D. DeVeaux. Stats: Modeling the World. Boston: Pearson.
  • Moore, David S., George P. McCabe and Bruce Craig. Introduction to Practice of Statistics. New York: W. H. Freeman Co./BFW
  • Peck, Roxy, Chris Olsen, and Jay Devore. Introduction to Statistics & Data Analysis. National Geographic/Cengage Learning.
  • Starnes, Daren S., Dan Yates, and David S. Moore. The Practice of Statistics. New York: W.H. Freeman & Co./BFW.
  • Watkins, Ann, Richard Scheaffer and George W. Cobb. Statistics: From Data to Decision. John Wiley & Sons.
  • Watkins, Ann, Richard Scheaffer, and George W. Cobb. Statistics in Action: Understanding a World of Data. John Wiley & Sons.

Before you submit your syllabus, use this checklist to make sure it has all the elements required.