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College Bound: Reaching America’s Top Students

The College Board influences civic education nationwide through two Advanced Placement exams: AP U.S. History and AP U.S. Government and Politics. The AP History framework was improved in 2015 following strong criticism from historians. It connects primary sources, through key concepts, to seven general themes in nine historical periods. The AP Government framework engages five themes: Foundations of American Democracy, Interactions Among Branches of Government, Civil Liberties and Civil Rights, American Political Ideologies and Beliefs, and Political Participation. Students must learn fifteen Supreme Court cases and nine foundational documents, including the Constitution. For full credit, AP Government students also must complete a political science research project or an applied civics project.


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Chief of Global Policy & External Relations: Stefanie Sanford 

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