Stung by criticism that its new Advanced Placement U.S. history framework presents a slanted view of events, the College Board has taken the unusual step of releasing a practice exam in the subject. The organization also announced that it will “clarify” aspects of the framework that have prompted criticism from conservative activists.
In a letter released last week, College Board President David Coleman said he had listened “with deep concern” to the issues critics were raising with the framework, among them charges that it does not sufficiently address the sacrifices that American heroes made for their country.
The Republican National Committee approved a resolution a week earlier condemning the framework, and activists have gathered more than 1,000 signatures on a petition demanding that the College Board delay its use by at least a year.
A version of this article appeared in the August 20, 2014 edition of Education Week as Under Fire, College Board To Clarify History Framework