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In 2015, College Board and Project Lead The Way (PLTW) began a five-year program to provide more opportunities for students to become college- and career-ready in STEM. Starting in the fall of 2016, students had the opportunity to earn recognitions (AP® + PLTW Achievement) that signify their readiness for college and careers in one or more of the three AP + PLTW pathways.

The table below shows the menu of courses that schools can combine to create pathways.

AP + PLTW Pathways
Level Engineering Biomedical Science Computer Science
(AP courses)
(PLTW courses)

Student Recognition – AP + PLTW Student Achievement

Students who complete the requirements of their chosen pathway earn the AP + PLTW Achievement, a recognition that demonstrates to colleges and employers that the student is ready for advanced course work and interested in careers in this discipline.

To earn this recognition, the student must satisfactorily complete three courses in the 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 assessment(s).

The AP + PLTW recognition will be awarded to students for the last time in February 2021, recognizing students who earned qualifying scores as of June 30, 2020.

College Board will continue to partner with PLTW to help students interested in computer science education as PLTW remains an endorsed provider of AP Computer Science Principles and AP Computer Science A.

About AP

The College Board’s AP Program enables students to take college-level courses and exams — with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both — while still in high school. Learn how AP can benefit your students and see detailed information on planning and establishing an AP program in your school. Teachers can share the AP Students website with students interested in exploring AP.

About PLTW

Project Lead The Way is a not-for-profit organization committed to preparing students for the global economy, and the nation’s leading provider of K–12 STEM programs. Learn more about Project Lead The Way.