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Amplify Launches First MOOC for AP Computer Science

Enrollment Open Now for Fall 2013 Start.

(NEW YORK, July 11, 2013) Amplify announces the first free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for High School Advanced Placement® (AP®) Computer Science. The course, which opens enrollment today, starts in August 2013. It will give students two full semesters of academic instruction and help prepare them for the College Board’s AP Computer Science exam. Most institutions of higher education across the country give college credit to students who score 3 or higher on the AP exam.

“There are potentially hundreds of thousands of high school students who could be successful at AP Computer Science if only they had the chance to take the class,” said Amplify CEO Joel Klein. “We’ve created something to fix that problem and help get them college credit for little to no cost.”

Nearly 275,000 high school seniors in the class of 2012 demonstrated the potential to succeed in AP Computer Science, few of these students had access to the course according to the College Board. Out of the more than 26,000 public and private high schools in the country, only 7 percent offer AP Computer Science and less than 30,000 students annually take the class. This is due in part to the fact that only six out of every 1,000 high school teachers teach computer science full time, according to code.org.

Low access to computer science classes comes at a time of high demand for the skills. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. is on track to fill only 30 percent of the more than 1 million jobs that will be created in computer science related fields by 2020.

In addition to the MOOC, Amplify is offering schools and districts the ability to enroll a limited number of students in the class with additional support through MOOC Local. Schools participating in MOOC Local can monitor and track their students’ progress and performance and access additional instructional materials. Students will also receive additional support from an in-person coach designated by the school and trained by Amplify. There is no cost for participating in MOOC Local for the first year.

“While there are surely thousands of self-motivated high school students who could succeed in this MOOC on their own, experience tells us that many more will benefit from a blend of online and in-person instruction,” said Amplify Chief Product Officer Laurence Holt. “MOOC Local can help provide that.”

About Amplify

Amplify is reimagining the way teachers teach and students learn through data-driven instruction, one-to-one learning and next-generation digital curriculum. Our products and services are designed for tomorrow’s promise and today’s realities.

At Amplify, we’re creating exciting new approaches to teaching and learning that are: as immersive as the best films; as compelling as the best video games; as social as the best networking applications; as personal as the best tutors; and as analytically sophisticated as the best search engines.

We’ve helped more than 200,000 educators and 3 million students in all 50 states begin their digital transition through mobile assessment solutions, adaptive curricula and tools that harness the power of data for classroom teachers. And we’re just getting started.

Headquartered in New York City, and with more than 1,000 employees across the country, Amplify is led by a team of digital education experts and has provided industry-leading instructional tools, data analytics and assessment solutions to the K-12 market for more than a decade as Wireless Generation.

To learn more about the Amplify MOOC please visit: mooc.amplify.com