I have some bad news. The AB Computer Science AB Course has been discontinued. According to the College Board website, this is there official notice,
- The AP Computer Science AB Exam will be discontinued following the May 2009 exam administration. May 2009 will be the last offering of the AP Computer Science AB Exam.
- Appropriate College Board committees will focus their efforts on improving and supporting the AP Computer Science A program, which will be enhanced during the next five years to better represent a full-year, entry-level college computer science sequence.
- Teacher professional development opportunities will be provided on the Web and in face-to-face events to support AP teachers as they enhance their AP Computer Science A courses in the coming years.
It saddens me that the APCS AB course has discontinued because I planned on taking it during my senior year. The College Board explains that dropping student and teacher participation in the APCS AB course has lead to this decision.
I found others discussing the future of the APCS A course. Some of the discussion raises the point that the A course isn’t a real college level course, it isn’t designed to be a full year course in college, instead possibly a semester course. I agree with that, I haven’t taken the APCS A class yet but from taking a practice exam, with no prior study nor class time, I can easily get a 3, a 4 if I’m lucky with the questions.
The AB course has more coverage of more topics, such as LinkedLists, Queues, Stacks and algorithms. Those things are not complicated but I’ve never used them in any development I’ve done, so I’d have to actually learn something for the AB course.
What are your feelings on this development? Do you think that the AB course was the right course to be dropped?