NYC Students Take and Score a 3 or Higher on AP Exams in Record Numbers
NYC Students Take and Score a 3 or Higher on AP Exams in Record NumbersJaslee Carayol, Associate Director, Media Relations
The New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) announced Tuesday the highest-ever number of NYC students taking and scoring a 3 or higher on Advanced Placement (AP) exams. The College Board joined NYC DOE and local elected officials at the George Washington Educational Campus to recognize and encourage AP students at the school.
“Students should be able to take AP courses no matter what zip code they’re in,” Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said. “Our investments in Equity and Excellence for All are working to ensure all our kids – regardless of what neighborhood they live in or school they attend – have access to the rigorous, challenging coursework they’ll need to succeed once they graduate high school. Today’s results show that we are making the right investments and moving in the right direction, and I look forward to the work ahead of us.”
The number of New York City students taking at least one AP exam in 2017 rose 9.9 percent, to 49,364 students; and the number of students scoring a 3 or higher on at least one AP exam rose 7.5 percent, nearly keeping pace with the increase in participation. The number of students taking and scoring a 3 or higher increased in every borough, and across all ethnic groups.
“These gains in both participation and performance demonstrate to the country how equity and excellence can both be improved together,” said David Coleman, President of The College Board. “They reinforce what a researcher from the American Enterprise Institute concluded: even as access to AP rapidly advanced over the past decade, quality was in no way diminished. He calls Advanced Placement ‘the single happiest education story of the century.’”
Chancellor Fariña, Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, Assemblywoman Carmen De La Rosa, College Board's Shameek Robinson, and others spoke to a room of George Washington AP students. In addition to discussing the benefits of AP, the speakers discussed their personal experiences, including the barriers to access they faced, and encouraged the students to have high aspirations.
A Wednesday editorial in New York Daily News recognized Chancellor Fariña and Mayor Bill de Blasio for their leadership in increasing AP participation and performance.
As part of the city’s Equity and Excellence for All agenda, the College Board has partnered with the NYC DOE on the AP for All and Computer Science for All initiatives, which seek to increase students’ access to AP and AP Computer Science Courses. Through AP for All, 75 percent of high school students will have access to at least five AP classes by fall 2018, and all high school students will have access by fall 2021. Through Computer Science for All, the City will provide computer science education in every elementary, middle, and high school by 2025.