The College Board, the academic body that manages and creates the Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum, released a statement Thursday advising schools in Florida not to teach AP psychology.
of organization The state has banned content on sexual orientation and gender identity in classrooms, making it virtually impossible to teach the course without modification, he said. It also states that curricula cannot be censored or edited to remove content. (Related: AP African American studies course discontinued by DeSantis will be renewed next month, state agency says)
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“Today, the Florida Department of Education instructed the Florida Superintendent that teaching basics about sexual orientation and gender identity is illegal under state law, effectively banning AP psychology in the state. “The state said school districts are free to teach AP psychology so long as they exclude references to these important topics,” the College Board said in a statement.
“As we shared in June, AP Psychology cannot change in response to regulations that censor college-level standards for credits, placement, and career preparation. Our policy remains unchanged. No course may be labeled ‘AP’ or ‘Advanced Placement’ and the ‘AP Psychology’ designation may not be utilized on student transcripts,” the College Board continued.
“For clarification, any AP Psychology course taught in Florida violates any Florida law or college requirements. We advise Florida school districts not to offer AP psychology until they have the option to take it,” the organization added.
The group’s statement said the Advanced Placement Psychology course requires students to “explain how sex and gender affect socialization and other aspects of development.”
company agreed in advance Remove specific topics from the AP African American Studies course.company after that apologized It criticized the Florida government for removing those topics. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis hit back by claiming the state would “re-evaluate” its relationship with college commissions.