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Letter: College Board seeks your input

College Board seeks your input

In my role as Vice Chair of the South Carolina House of Representatives Education and Public Works Committee, I hear concerns regarding the new Advance Placement United States History (APUSH) course framework. APUSH is an advanced college-level course that is designed and administered by the College Board – the same entity responsible for the SAT examination.

Judging by the over 4,800 students who took APUSH in 2013, the course is clearly popular among our state’s high school students. A key reason for this popularity is that, depending on which college they attend, students may receive college credit for successful passage of the APUSH examination.

As with any robust and meaningful education program, the College Board routinely updates all of its advance placements courses. In October 2012, a new framework designed for APUSH teachers was released to the public. Despite widespread support of educators, not everyone agreed that the framework adequately covered all of the necessary aspects of United States History.

The State Board of Education, Education Oversight Committee, and the House of Representatives Education and Public Works Committee have been made aware of the concerns. Fortunately, the College Board has heard this message as well.

At the Jan. 21 meeting of the House Education and Public Works Committee, I learned that the College Board is clarifying the instructions in the framework, providing a more robust set of supporting materials, and, most importantly, creating a process to gather feedback from all interested parties. Anyone interested in providing comments can do so by visiting the following link:

Also, please remember that no matter how the APUSH framework is constructed, all South Carolina students must take the United States History End of Course examination before they can graduate. This assessment is aligned with our nationally renowned history standards, so we can all take comfort that our nation’s story is being taught in a way that is approved by South Carolinians.

Raye Felder

Representative, S.C. House District 26