Arts and World Languages and Cultures Overview

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AP Art History Revisions

Balance the scope of global course content with students’ development of deep conceptual understanding and art historical skills. Specified course content supports in-depth understanding and discovery of relationships among global artistic traditions.

Encourage critical analysis. Students perform visual, contextual, and comparative analyses of works of art.

Articulate clear learning objectives. The learning objectives describe clearly the content knowledge and skills students should demonstrate to succeed on the redesigned exam. Exam questions elicit evidence of student achievement for each specific objective.

Include evidence of student achievement. Evidence statements explain how students can demonstrate basic and high-level achievement of each learning objective. Teachers use these statements to assess student understanding, to make decisions about adjusting curriculum and instruction, and as a basis for evaluating student performance and interpreting student scores on the AP Exam.

Reflect college-level expectations. The College Board collaborates with art history educators from leading colleges, universities, and secondary schools to ensure that course revisions reflect rigorous college standards.

AP World Language and Culture Revisions

Encourage a thematic approach to teaching. Students participate in activities that integrate language, literature, and culture; make connections to other disciplines; and compare aspects of the target culture with other cultures.

Articulate clear learning objectives. The learning objectives describe clearly the content knowledge and skills students should demonstrate to succeed on the revised exams. Exam questions elicit evidence of student achievement for each specific objective.

Include achievement-level descriptions (ALDs). Teachers can use ALDs, or statements describing the depth and level of learning at specific stages in the course, to evaluate student performance, to inform decisions about adjusting curriculum and instruction, and as a basis for interpreting student scores on the AP Exams.

Reflect college-level expectations. The College Board collaborates with language educators from leading colleges, universities, and secondary schools to ensure that course revisions reflect rigorous college standards.