Lighthouse Initiative for Texas Classrooms

The Goals of the Pre-AP* Mathematics Program

Pre-AP* mathematics classes should do the following:

  • Prepare growing numbers of students, especially those traditionally underrepresented in AP* courses, for the challenges offered by the Advanced Placement Program*
  • Introduce skills, concepts and assessment methods to prepare students for success in AP and other challenging courses
  • Require students to work with functions represented in a variety of ways (graphical, numerical, analytical, or verbal) and understand the connections among these representations
  • Encourage students to develop their communication skills in mathematics to be able to read and interpret problem situations and explain solutions to problems both orally and in well-written sentences
  • Provide students with multiple opportunities to model a written description of a physical situation with a function or to determine appropriate functions to match data sets that they are given or that they develop through experimentation or research
  • Make regular use of technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and verify conclusions
  • Require students to determine the reasonableness of their solutions, including sign, size, relative accuracy, and units of measurement
  • Help students to develop an appreciation of mathematics as a coherent body of knowledge and as a human accomplishment
  • Be a part of a well-planned and coherent curriculum so that teachers can build upon knowledge and skills that students have acquired in previous courses and can prepare students for subsequent courses
  • Allow students to develop the work ethic and habits of mind that are necessary for success in the Advanced Placement Program and in other challenging mathematics programs

Many of these goals have been adapted from The Teacher's Guide to AP Calculus and the Pre-AP brochure from the College Board.