English, History, and Social Science Overview

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AP History Changes

Support the use of historical thinking skills. Students working with the historical thinking skills (.pdf/494KB) explore global patterns of change over time. They learn to analyze and interpret historical events in depth and to apply their understanding to a variety of historical contexts. Exam questions measure content knowledge and skills.

Articulate clear learning outcomes for students. Learning objectives describe the content and skills students should demonstrate to succeed on the revised AP Exams and in subsequent college courses beyond the first-year history survey course.

Encourage a flexible approach to teaching content. Teachers have greater flexibility to explore historical topics, events, and issues in depth, as they develop students’ conceptual understandings and historical thinking skills.

Support multiple approaches to teaching. Teachers can explore key concepts using either a chronological or a thematic approach. Through course themes, students make connections across historical periods. Using either approach, or alternating between the two, can boost learning outcomes.

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

AP U.S. Government and Politics Changes

Support the use of political science skills and practices. The curriculum framework defines a set of political science skills and practices requiring students to analyze, compare, interpret, and communicate political information.

Articulate clear learning outcomes for students. Learning objectives describe the content and skills students should demonstrate to succeed on the redesigned exam and in subsequent college courses in U.S. government.

Emphasize the founding documents and other primary sources. A specified set of Supreme Court cases and foundational documents—including the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution—are required study.

Encourage a flexible approach to teaching content. The content outline’s focused and detailed description of content that may appear on the AP Exam enables teachers to create their own curricula by selecting, for each concept in the framework, the political knowledge and skills that meet state or local requirements.

Reflect college-level expectations. AP has collaborated with political science educators from colleges, universities, and secondary schools to ensure that the redesign reflects rigorous college standards.