Renewing Our Commitment to Being All In: A Letter From the President
Renewing Our Commitment to Being All In: A Letter From the PresidentDavid Coleman, President and CEO, The College Board
The events and conversations of the last few weeks remind us all that we have a long way to go to become the fairer, stronger, more equitable nation that we should be. While the College Board can’t effectively address all the racial issues our country faces, we are fully committed to doing everything we can to ensure that every student has access to all the academic opportunity he or she has earned and that we can provide.
So it is with a renewed sense of purpose and conviction that I write to tell you about year two of the “All In” campaign, the College Board’s effort to ensure that every African American, Latino, and Native American student who shows potential to succeed in an AP subject takes at least one corresponding, or matched, AP course. Currently, only about half of these students are enrolled in the AP courses for which they have shown potential even though the majority of these students attend schools that offer the classes.
Although the campaign will not begin in earnest until January, when schools reopen after the holiday break, there is already a great deal of exciting and important work under way. Here are some of the most recent examples:
- The state of Delaware has committed to the campaign as a part of its “Getting to Zero” initiative.
- The University of California system has joined the campaign.
- The Pittsburgh school district is already on the move.
Pittsburgh is just one of 61 school districts that, through the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS), has committed to ensuring that all young men of color with AP potential enroll in matched AP classes. I was honored to deliver the keynote at the CGCS national conference this year. Following the conference, Mike Casserly, executive director of CGCS, and I sent a joint letter to the superintendents and created a primer on boosting the enrollment of students of color in AP classes that highlights strong AP equity work in Hillsborough County, Fla.; Houston ISD, Texas; Long Beach Unified School District, Calif.; Montgomery County, Md.; and New Haven, Conn.
Our own members are also fully engaged in year two of All In. In November, College Board New England Regional Council member Nancy Barile moderated a terrific webinar on successful strategies to boost the enrollment of students of color in AP classes. Webinar speakers included George Henry, an AP U.S. History teacher since 1985 and an AP Reader since 1991 who currently serves on the Academic Advisory Committee; Beth Arey, who currently serves the College Board as chair-elect for the Midwestern Regional Council; and Joanne Lang, executive vice president of Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation and executive director of AdvanceKentucky.
And that’s all before the campaign gets under way! There’s lots more to come.
The overwhelming majority of the good work that has already happened and will continue springs not from those of us who work at the College Board, but from the resolve and activism of educators and administrators in every part of this country. The College Board’s goal for All In is to support and amplify the work of those women and men who, day in and day out, work at their schools and in their districts to deliver more fairness and opportunity to students of color. It’s my honor to support their efforts and the students whom they serve. If you’ve not already taken action to eliminate the AP participation gap in your community or at your school, I urge you to join me in supporting the educators in your community.