Policy update

National standards and principles

Revised National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula

In August 2011, APA approved revisions to the National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula, a document that describes what high school students should learn in the high school psychology class. The National Standards was designed to guide curriculum development by providing domains, standards areas, content standards, and performance standards. The document is currently available online. APA encourages all high school psychology teachers to use the new standards for course planning.

The Summer 2011 issue of the Psychology Teacher Network newsletter featured a lead article on the revised document (PDF, 2.85MB), and an APA press release is also available on the revision.

Principles for Quality Undergraduate Education in Psychology

At its February 2011 meeting, the APA Council of Representatives adopted as APA policy the Principles for Quality Undergraduate Education in Psychology. These guidelines articulate a set of recommendations for quality teaching and learning in psychology. See the full guidelines. Hard copies are available upon request via email.