Have You Heard Of APUSH?

Have you heard of APUSH?

APUSH stands for Advanced Placement United States History.

Many may recall having taken AP History, AP English or others when they were in High School. The AP courses have been around for decades, yet now are being changed in a radical manner.

The changes to APUSH are being handed down by Common Core Architect, David Coleman. scG-coleman-unqualifiedYes, the same David Coleman who was part of the collection of  ‘unqualified’ people to write and develop education standards.

The framework, which has been the same for decades, has been changed from 5 pages to 98 pages and has alarming gaps in what is covered. This new framework undermines current existing history programs in the states. It most definitely undermines North Carolina’s.


Be aware, the powers that be trying to make these changes happen already have their rebuttal’s to your complaints lined up before you’ve even made them. Complain anyway, people. These changes are not O.K.


All of this information and much more detail can be found in this write-up of a national conference call that took place to discuss the radical changes being made to APUSH.
Related read: Texas Mom testifies against APUSH
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The information on APUSH below the fold was forwarded to me by a citizen and homeschooler concerned about the changes taking place in the Advanced Placement History Course framework. These changes are not just a homeschool concern, they are a concern for every single student taking Advanced Placement courses.  Please read the information below, including the sources provided. Contact North Carolina’s State Board of Education and urge them to take this seriously. Here is the sample letter provided to me along with the letter below. This sample letter is also linked below.


Have you heard of APUSH (AP U. S. History)? 

The College Board has announced that this fall (2014), a new Advance Placement U.S. History framework will be set in place. This includes course work and tests.

1) If you have accessed the framework’s content, you know how much of America’s history has been deleted or changed altogether. To date, it is the most anti-American history to be taught. If you haven’t accessed the framework and seen what I am referring to, here’s the link. An analysis of the framework was conducted by Larry Krieger (a former AP History teacher of 35 years experience), please refer to this link.

2) I’ve attached a sample form letter to be sent to each of the NC State Board of Education members. If they rebut, as more than likely they will, please refer to the following rebuttal points:

a) Starting in May 2015,  the AP History exam will not longer require students to know any historical content that is outside the concept areas. So, yes, things have changed drastically.

b) The NC state standards and the new AP standards do not mesh, meet or join.  They are like Eastern NC BBQ and Western NC BBQ. They don’t mix. If you refer to the 98 page framework, you will see the AP Standards are far outside the state standards. Meaning teachers will be teaching to 2 different standards, not one that is a combination of two.

c) Not every student will take AP classes, this is true, however, at least one year of U.S. History is required. Parents and students alike, in public schools, private schools, homeschools rely on the AP courses and tests to round out transcripts and help complete college entrance applications. To this end, you have many thousands across the nation, who will continue on as leaders in their communities, jobs, family and in politics being influenced by the content in the AP framework. We do not desire to see the students standards, courses supplanted with radical intent as laid out in the framework.

d) With the rewrite, the previous AP standards for History are considered outdated. Previously 8 exams with hundreds of supporting documents were used by teachers, the new standards will only use 1 exam and no documents to support it. No essay questions are included in the new standards. This will actually ‘handicap’ the certified AP teachers, as the material for a year’s worth of course work will be harder to produce. Without essays for the students and no samples to use as guidelines for acceptable essays, how can accurate grades be assigned?

e) Why is the public being excluded from the sample test for the new AP standards? We as taxpayers are set to bear the burden of paying for the new materials, including textbooks. According to our newly adopted NC state budget,from Section 8:

‘Of the funds appropriated to the Department of Public Instruction to implement the requirements of this section, ten million eight hundred thirty-one thousand one hundred eighty-four dollars ($10,831,184) for the 2014-2015 fiscal year shall be used to fund fees for testing in advanced courses and one million five hundred thousand dollars ($1,500,000) for each fiscal year shall be used by the North Carolina Advanced Placement Partnership to carry out its responsibilities as set forth in this section.” 

Link to the budget


3) Since the budget has passed, defunding will have to occur during the long NC Legislative session in 2015, however we CAN get the APUSH delayed one year. Anyone can request that. I would suggest contacting the College Board directly. They are a non-profit ‘business’ and as such, can lose their funding. The non-profit has no political voice, yet, we are being held captive by the voice the College Board is using. Many may feel the College Board is too big, too powerful to have their voice considered, however, if we the parents do not speak up for our students, who will? Contact the College Board.

4) We, the homeschoolers NEED to be involved, as it was stated during the live national conference call held earlier this week, that we would be the most negatively impacted as we wouldn’t have access to the Teacher materials or Test Prep. The phone call has been archived & is accessible for listening. ‘We especially need homeschool families and private schools to get involved  – AP classes can be taken by students in public, private, or home schools.’ With so much stress being placed on a great test score, the students will not be able to score well if they do not answer the questions per the AP framework’s concepts. Archive phone conversation link.

5) AP courses and tests are related to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), albeit in a technical classification. How? We are told the CCSS is ‘just’ Math and Language Arts? Yes, that part is somewhat true, however, science and history are encompassed via the Language Arts. See the Standards introduction for History in Language Arts.

In closing, we know that nothing is more important than our students education. Part of that education is an accurate view of history, not a ‘cut’ and ‘paste’ version. Consider this, if this is the example of what the College Board is doing at one level of coursework, what other things might we see in the future from them? We need to take our voices, unite them and help protect education, no matter how we choose to educate. Sub standards in any subject aren’t worthy of our student’s hard work, our time or our tax dollars!

Please share this vital information.

About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a freelance journalist and is currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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