AP and PLTW Pathway Program
AP + PLTW: Partnering to Create More Opportunities for Students
To help prepare all students for the global workforce, the College Board and Project Lead The Way (PLTW) have partnered on a program to encourage student participation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses and build their interest in STEM degrees and careers. The program leverages the success of the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) and Project Lead The Way’s applied learning programs.
Get Students on the Path
The first element of the program is a set of college and career pathways in three fields — engineering, biomedical science, and computer science — that incorporate both AP and PLTW courses. Each pathway emphasizes applied learning and consists of three components:
- PLTW courses designed to introduce all students to the field
- AP courses and exams that provide an opportunity for advanced placement and/or college credit
- PLTW specialization courses that focus on knowledge and skills needed for rewarding careers
To earn this student recognition, you must complete three courses in a pathway - one AP course; one PLTW course, and a third course, either AP or PLTW - and earn a qualifying score of 3 or higher on the AP Exam(s) and a score of Proficient or higher on the PLTW End-of-Course (EoC) Assessment(s).