ERIC Number: ED537874
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The AP Course Audit Syllabus Review Process: Methodological Explanation
Conley, David T.
Educational Policy Improvement Center (NJ1)
The AP Course Audit utilizes a criterion-based professional judgment method of analysis within a nested multi-step review process. The overall goal of the methodology is to yield a final judgment on each syllabus that is ultimately valid. While reviewer consistency is an important consideration, the most important goal is to reach a final judgment on each syllabus that is accurate. The process is specifically designed to pay special attention to false negatives while simultaneously controlling for false positives. The review process employs multiple techniques and processes to help ensure that the ultimate decision reached on each individual syllabus is accurate and consistent. This is accomplished through two primary means: 1) a series of procedures to help maximize reviewer consistency, and 2) a nested review process by which each course's syllabus can be submitted up to three times and reviewed by up to seven independent reviewers (the most highly trained reviewers are used in the later cycles), with opportunities for corrective action at the end of each review cycle.
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Compliance (Legal), Course Descriptions, Course Content, Course Evaluation, Curriculum Evaluation, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Audits (Verification), Research Methodology, Evaluation Research, Advanced Placement, Item Analysis, Error of Measurement, Educational Policy, Research Design
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC)