College Board won’t alter AP courses to accommodate Florida law

The College Board has announced that it will not make any changes to its Advanced Placement (AP) courses to comply with Florida’s laws.

In a letter to the Florida Department of Education Office of Articulation, the College Board stated that it would not modify its courses to accommodate restrictions on teaching essential, college-level topics.

“[College Board] will not modify our courses to accommodate restrictions on teaching essential, college-level topics. Doing so would break the fundamental promise of AP: colleges wouldn’t broadly accept that course for credit and that course wouldn’t prepare students for careers in the discipline,” said College Board in a statement. “The learning objective within AP Psychology that covers gender and sexual orientation has specifically been raised by some Florida districts relative to these recent regulations. That learning objective must remain a required topic, just as it has been in Florida for many years. As with all AP courses, required topics must be included for a course to be designated as AP.”

The statement came in response to recent demands from Florida asking the College Board to modify courses conflicting with a new state rule limiting instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The College Board and Florida have been engaged in a public battle ever since the state’s Department of Education rejected the new African American Advanced Placement course. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis even floated the idea of using an alternative to the College Board’s popular entrance exam, the SAT.

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