New AP US History Met with Criticism by Policymakers

The new AP US History framework implemented for the 2014-2015 school year has drawn criticism from policymakers in Colorado, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Texas. The old framework was a five page document and the new one is almost eighty pages in length and was created by history professors and high school teachers. Critics argue that the new framework emphasizes racial and national supremacy while glossing over historical achievements. Supporters of the new framework say that it is more comprehensive than the previous framework and that educators use the framework to teach the course by adding more specific content. Nevertheless, College Board accepted feedback on the framework over the course of several months which will be reviewed and used for "any appropriate changes" to the framework starting with the 2015-2016 school year. Students scheduled to take the exam this spring have the benefit of practicing on a full-length practice exam released to the public by College Board, something they have not done previously.

By: Kathleen Ideguchi
Project Manager