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Overview

When AP redesigns a course, teachers have two years to transition from the current course to the new. During this time, AP provides many resources to help teachers understand, plan, and implement the new course. Select a subject to learn about upcoming curricular materials.

What’s Changing

2013-14

AP Chemistry

AP Spanish Language and Culture

2014-15

AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based

AP Physics 2: Algebra-Based

AP U.S. History

2015-16

AP Art History

AP European History

Hallmarks of the Redesigned AP Courses and Exams

  • Greater emphasis on discipline-specific critical thinking, inquiry, reasoning, and communication skills, cited in the science practices, historical thinking skills, and for world languages, the instructional goals identified by the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century
  • Rigorous, research-based curricula, modeled on introductory college courses, that strike a balance between breadth of content coverage and depth of understanding
  • Standards informed by recommendations from national academic organizations and the results of curriculum studies conducted at four-year colleges and universities
  • Detailed curriculum frameworks that tie discipline-specific concepts, themes, and skills to a set of key learning objectives
  • Exam questions designed to elicit evidence of student achievement for each learning objective