APHG In the Beginning…

The College Board

At its founding in 1900, the College Board was organized to help high school students make a successful transition to higher education. With the College Board’s revolutionary development of common entrance examinations students could apply to a number of institutions without having to sit for entrance examinations at each one.
Since 1955, the AP Program has enabled millions of students to take college-level courses and exams, and to earn college credit or placement while still in high school. Whether a new teacher to AP Program or a veteran of several years, the College Board maintained AP Central is a growing website. Each of the 33 Advanced Placement courses has its own home page with resources and information described below for APHG.
The first geography course won approval in 1996-97 and geography examinations were administered in 2001 to only 3272 pioneering students. The 2010 numbers totaled 68397 examinations.
The new teacher planning for the AP Human Geography (APHG) course will find the following sections of the home page very useful: course description (Acorn Book) with course outline and sample questions, etc; Teacher’s Guide produced by two veteran APHG teachers; sample syllabi; Special Focus materials, lesson plans/strategies; directory of professional development workshops; and how to become an on-site reader.
Additional resources on the page are useful for both the new APHG teacher and experienced. Of particular interest is the annual summary of the Free Response Questions (FRQ’s). Questions, scoring guidelines, and sample student responses with scored values provides an interesting history of the ten years (2001-’10) for APHG.

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