AP CSP Create Performance Task

The Create Task is very open ended, students can make anything they want as long as they can answer the written questions about their program. Students should be able to describe the purpose of their program, develop an algorithm in their program and explain how it works, and develop an abstraction in their program and explain how it works.

The program needs to be complicated enough to the point where students must break the problem down into sub problems, develop algorithms to solve the subproblems, and develop an abstraction to manage complexity. The Create Task must be a program, not a website.

Students can develop their Create Performance Task in the Performance Task unit of the course, or in the CodeHS Sandbox, but will need to upload their final submission to the College Board AP Digital Portfolio.

You can see sample student submissions, and how College Board scored those submissions, here.

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AP CSP Explorer Performance Task

Students need to choose a computing innovation of interest to them, and be able to explain potential positive and negative effects the innovation has had on society, economy, or culture. Students also need to identify the data that the computing innovation uses, how the computing innovation consumes, produces, or transforms the data, and they need to identify a storage, privacy, or security concern associated with the innovation.

Students must make a computational artifact that explains the purpose, function, or effect of their chosen innovation. Computational artifacts include, but are not limited to; videos, audio recordings, video presentations, infographics, or websites. 

CodeHS does not provide a way to make an audio or video recording, students will need to use other computational tools to make these types of artifacts. We do provide a way for students to make a website, or a slideshow presentation with Google Slides right from the CodeHS website (instructions are in the project), if they want to use a website or a slideshow as part of their artifact. Students can then use other free software to create screen / audio recordings of what they created on CodeHS. They could also make an infographic with something like Piktochart.

Students can develop their computational artifact, and written answers to the free response prompts, in the Performance Task unit of the AP CSP course, or in the CodeHS Sandbox, but the final submission must be uploaded to the College Board AP Digital Portfolio.

You can see sample student submissions, and how College Board scored those submissions, here.

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