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A look into the history of AP testing

AP testing is a large part of high school, but where did it come from?

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With AP testing right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to take a trip into the history books, and learn where this “life consuming” testing originated from.

 

The Ford Foundation created the Fund for the Advancement of Education. This was designed to study the overlap between learning accomplished by seniors in high school, and college freshman. This study found that there was some overlap. A study done by the country’s top high schools and universities urged the idea that high school and university should be “two halves of a common enterprise.” From here a committee was put together to formulate and develop courses of college level for high school classes. The initial program in 1952 only had 11 advanced classes. After that Collage Board stepped in and took over the program. College Board has run the AP, or Advanced Placement program since 1955, they are the ones that develop, and maintain the guidelines for AP curriculum and testing.

 

The top five most popular AP tests are English Language, United States History, English Literature, Calculus AB, and United States Government, with Psychology coming in at a close sixth. The top 5 least popular AP tests, in descending order, are Latin, German Language, Studio Art: 3-D Design, Italian Language, and Japanese Language.

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