New African American History AP Courses Get Underway

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In this Thursday, June 13, 2013 photo, Elizabeth Hinman, 13, learns about calculating percentages during a statistics class at Westlake High School, in Atlanta. Hinman is one of 50 incoming students participating in Westlake's “Come West 9” summer program intended to reach out to gifted students in pursuit of a college education. The program, one of several initiatives happening within the Fulton County Schools system, was recently recognized by a national education group for boosting participation and performance among black students on Advanced Placement exams. (AP Photo/Jaime Henry-White)
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Students now have the ability to take advanced placement studies focused on African American history. Sixty high schools began the courses this fall. 

Education Week reports that the pilot program is working with academic and cultural institutions and with the Black community locally and nationally.

The AP course will include key connections to the African diaspora and will be the largest and most accessible high school course in the discipline. 

According to a report from College Board, close to 38% of U.S. public high school graduates in the class of 2020 took at least one AP exam. Schools are also hoping that the pilot program will increase Black participation in AP studies.


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