Advanced Placement

  • The Bankrupt Vision of the College Board

    by Annie Abrams

    "We have endowed the College Board with the power to shape millions of minds with its profitable exams. In turn, it holds students hostage for college tuition, stifles teachers, and destroys space for debating difficult topics."

  • What Politics Kept In and Took Out of the AP Course

    The excision of terms like "systemic" from the AP African American Studies curriculum suggest either an idiosyncratic review process or an attempt to avoid the specific triggering keywords of the right's complaints about liberal education. 

  • What the Rejection of African American History Means for Students

    by Monica Washington

    When a state decides to minimize African American history and thought in its curriculum, it marks that history as "other" and denies all students the opportunity to understand the national past and the prospects for realizing democratic values in the future.

  • Latest from Florida: DeSantis Suggests State Can "Do Without" College Board

    Such a move would have serious consequences for the College Board's revenue, but also potentially hurt Florida high school students by depriving them of rigorous courses. Florida currently pays students' AP testing fees and has the fifth highest per capita rate of students taking AP tests.

  • College Board Defends AP Course Decisions

    The Board stated that it regretted failing to make its disagreements with Florida's assessment of the course as lacking in educational value, and that it had betrayed the trust of scholars who had worked with it to develop the course. 

  • How the Rocky Road of AP African American Studies Passed through Florida

    The College Board, seeking to explain significant changes to the course's curriculum, maintained its denial that it did not make the alterations under pressure from Florida officials who, it said, showed “ignorance and derision for the field of African American studies.”

  • Organization of American Historians Statement on AP African American Studies

    "The OAH further rejects the characterization of these scholars and their scholarship as examples of “woke indoctrination,” and instead recognize them as central to the interdisciplinary research and teaching of African American history and culture, as well as American history more broadly."

  • Fear of a Black Studies Planet

    by Roderick A. Ferguson

    A scholar whose work was named in Florida's decision not to support the AP African American Studies course discusses a long history of conservative efforts to control textbooks and teaching and, failing that, to create politically useful hysteria about indoctrination. 

  • Advanced Placement is Failing Students By Incentivizing Teaching-to-the-Test

    by Annie Abrams

    Initially rooted in an effort to coordinate the curricula of a handful of elite prep schools and Ivy League colleges, the Advanced Placement program has gradually shifted from skepticism of mass testing to resemble a test-prep program disguised as curriculum. 

  • AP History survives funding cut in Oklahoma. Here's why.

    Responding to uproar, a conservative Oklahoma lawmaker backs off bill to curb funding for AP history that he says downplays American 'exceptionalism.' The bill 'was very poorly worded,' he said.