After about a year of criticism from conservatives targeting the College Board's "revisionist" course framework for the advanced placement U.S. history exam, the company on Thursday released new revisions to the course standards to address certain complaints.
The College Board described the new standards in a Thursday statement as "a clearer and more balanced approach to the teaching of American history." After constant concern from critics over the AP U.S. History standards, the College Board said it took public feedback into account when drafting this latest revision. The College Board attempted to address those concerns by making statements in the standards "clearer and more historically precise, and less open to misinterpretation or perceptions of imbalance," according to the statement.
In addition to attempting to address broad concerns about imbalance, the College Board also added a few terms that critics complained were lacking from the new framework, such as the names of some Founding Fathers. And the company eliminated some controversial words and softened the tone of the framework, according to Jon Butler, historian who consulted for College Board as they revised the framework in 2015.
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