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Important Updates

2019-20 AP Course Audit: What You’ll Need to Do

To give you more time to familiarize yourself with the new resources and supports that launched in August, you won’t be required to submit a syllabus for course authorization until the 2020-21 school year.

If you’re teaching a new AP Statistics course in 2019-20, you’ll need to:

  • Submit a subject-specific AP Course Audit Form
  • Download the AP Statistics unit guide

If you’re teaching a previously authorized AP Statistics course, make sure your school administrator renews your course in 2019-20.

These steps will ensure that your course appears on the AP Course Ledger and you have access to online score reports in July 2020.

AP Course Audit

All schools that want to label a course “AP” must get authorization through the AP Course Audit.

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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.

AP Statistics Course and Exam Description

This is the core document for this course and is new for the 2019-20 school year. New unit guides clearly lay out the course content and skills and recommend sequencing and pacing for them throughout the year. The CED also more clearly outlines how material will be assessed on the exam, provides instructional strategies, and gives information on the AP Program in general.

Course Requirements

Use these resources to design your AP Statistics syllabus.


Your course must fulfill these requirements.

AP Statistics curricular requirements:

  • The students and teacher have access to a college-level statistics textbook, in print or electronic format.
  • The students and teacher have access to graphing calculators with statistical capabilities and computer output.
  • The course teaches students how to use graphing calculators and computer output to describe data, determine probabilities, and perform tests.
  • 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 to develop student understanding of the big ideas.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to develop the skills related to the following course skills:
    • Course Skill 1: Selecting Statistical Methods
    • Course Skill 2: Data Analysis
    • Course Skill 3: Using Probability and Simulation
    • Course Skill 4: Statistical Argumentation

AP Statistics resource requirements:

  • The school ensures that each student has a college-level statistics 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 statistics textbook or other appropriate materials to support instruction.
  • 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. T he list 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 current editions of the following textbooks meet the 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.