Historic Numbers of New York City Students Taking and Succeeding in Advanced Placement Exams
Historic Numbers of New York City Students Taking and Succeeding in Advanced Placement ExamsMaria Alcon-Heraux, Director, Communications
College Board President David Coleman joined New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña on January 17 at the Young Women's Leadership School of Astoria, Queens, to highlight new data showing historic numbers of New York City students taking and succeeding in Advanced Placement exams. At the event, they also highlighted the City’s AP for All Initiative, first announced in 2015, to ensure that 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.
During the event, Coleman highlighted how New York City’s leadership is “blazing a path for the country, demonstrating how equity and excellence can both be improved together.” He added: “Diversity and excellence can and must go hand in hand. New York’s impressive AP results reinforce a pattern the College Board has seen nationally. The AP Program has grown by one million students over the last 10 years. A researcher from the American Enterprise Institute found that during that period quality was in no way diminished despite the radical advance in access. He calls it the 'the single happiest education story of the century.'"
The number of students taking at least one AP exam rose 8.4 percent from 41,419 to 44,906 students, and the number of students scoring 3 or higher on AP exams rose 8.2 percent. Find out more about the announcement.
“We are shaking the foundation of this system by putting rigorous AP courses in every neighborhood in every borough,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio in a statement. “By providing the coursework needed for college and careers for all New York City students, we are sending a message that we believe in them and support them on the path to success. The increases in participation and performance we see today – particularly among Black and Hispanic students – show that we’re moving in the direction of equity and excellence, and I look forward to the work ahead.”
Last year, we spoke to Kayla Brathwaite, a New York 12th grader who attends East Park High School in Manhattan. Kayla took three AP classes, and even though she hated studying, she loved to learn. She said if you take AP, you'll be smarter. Kayla's teacher saw potential in her and signed her up for an AP class. That's what AP for All is all about, every student with promise should have access to AP, even when they don't see potential in themselves. Find out more about Kayla's journey into AP.
The benefits of AP are real for Medgar Evers Preparatory High School senior Isaiah Mondesir, who has taken eight AP courses already. “The classes were more challenging and helped me push me further,” says Isaiah. “Prior to taking AP, I wasn’t such a critical thinker as I am now.” He says taking AP also helped him define what he wanted to study in college, which is computer science or Sabre security engineering.
For Akwasi Agyeman, taking AP has meant a huge boost in confidence. This senior, who is also at Medgar Evers, says before taking AP he was not academically strong, but now “it makes me feel I can do anything.” He is going to Middlebury College on a full scholarship and hopes to delve into the medical or education field. He feels AP “really helped him step outside his comfort zone and think outside the box.” For his AP classes he learned to research topics on the internet and in the library, and to reach out to strangers for more information – all things he was not comfortable doing before.
Emmy Delormes, a sophomore at the same school, who has taken four AP courses and is taking four more courses, says AP has opened many doors for her. “For some, college seems so far away. Like an impossible dream. AP's make that dream possible as it helps students develop certain study skills and assets that will be highly beneficial in college.”
Video courtesy of NYC Media.