BioInteractive AP Biology Standards 2015 to 2019 Crosswalk
At BioInteractive, we are in the process of updating “Curriculum Connections” of our resources to align with the 2019 AP Biology course content. “Curriculum Connections” can be found on each resource page, and they enumerate the alignment of the resource content with curricular frameworks as appropriate. Most of our resources are currently aligned to the 2015 AP Biology course. Therefore, we are sharing an AP Bio 2015 → 2019 Crosswalk. Educators can use this crosswalk to align our resources with the 2019 standards while we complete our alignment to new AP Biology course content. This link goes to a Google spreadsheet that we will update as necessary.
Although there are many changes to how content is organized and referenced in the arrangement of the Big Ideas for AP Biology, much of the actual course content has stayed the same from 2015 to 2019.
A few highlights about the differences between the old (2015) and new (2019) course content:
- The new AP Biology course is organized into eight units, each with a number of topics that include multiple Big Ideas.
- The four Big Ideas remain the same but now are referred to by their theme: Evolution (EVO), Energetics (ENE), Information Storage and Transmission (IST), and Systems Interactions (SYI).
- As a result of the thematic sequencing of content, many Learning Objectives and Essential Knowledge statements are now spread out across multiple unit topics.
- The language of many of the 2015 Essential Knowledge statements remains similar or unchanged; these statements are often referenced in either part of the 2019 Learning Objectives or in the 2019 Essential Knowledges statements. We have included a crosswalk between the 2015 Essential Knowledge statements and the 2019 Learning Objectives, since the latter define what a student needs to be able to do with content knowledge for each of the unit topics.
- Some content from 2015 has been eliminated, such as topics related to the human body (nervous system, endocrine system, etc.). Other content has been enhanced, such as biochemistry.
- Since there are differences in how content is distributed across the 2019 AP Biology course, updating from the old standards to the new standards will often not be a one-to-one substitution. We recommend cross-checking across the standards and reading the full Essential Knowledge statements in the 2019 AP Biology Course Description for verification.
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