Assessing Advanced Placement Art History and Addressing the Challenges of Teacher Preparation

Mentor: Dr. Joseph Lucches


Abstract: The availability of resources, well-educated teachers, and college programs are all imperative if a student is going to have a successful experience when enrolled in an AP art history class in high school. By evaluating the current state of the AP art history program through resources provided by the AP organization I found they project a high ideal on the teachers. If teachers do not meet this ideal then many students will struggle when taking the AP exam. For those students who do achieve a positive experience from the class and attend college are met with limited art history programs. These constant challenges that both teachers and students have to face is what I have analyzed. These constant challenges have created a great deal of pressure for teachers and students within the AP system. The high ideal proposed by the AP organization is even more demanding for teachers who have little training and limited resources causing them to struggle in successfully teach their students. Students in turn strive to attain a vast amount of necessary information needed to score effectively on the AP exam. Therefore available resources and programs are paramount for a more effective class. Proposed solutions might include paying more attention to the concerns of the demands of the program. With more attention hopefully there will be more action in improving current obstacles that the AP program, teachers and students all may face.