New Data Show More NYC Students of All Backgrounds Taking Advantage of the SAT
New Data Show More NYC Students of All Backgrounds Taking Advantage of the SATJosé Rios, Director, Communications
The New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) announced Thursday that a record-high number of juniors took the SAT, thanks in large part to the first year of the citywide SAT School Day. The College Board joined NYC DOE at the Hamilton Grande School in Harlem to recognize this achievement.
“It used to be that only some students, no matter their talent, had access and could make it to the SAT on the weekend. The city has reduced that barrier so that all students are able to take the SAT at no cost. This new data are remarkable and is something to be celebrated. But it’s not just about those data,” said David Adams, the College Board’s Middle States regional vice president. “It’s about more students taking an assessment that makes it easier than ever before for them to demonstrate and to show their best work. It’s about more students who have access to free, personalized SAT Practice on Khan Academy. It’s about more students who can access college application fee waivers and be propelled into college.”
The number of New York City high school juniors taking the SAT rose to a record-high of 61,800, a 51 percent increase from last year. The record-high participation comes as a result of the first-ever SAT School Day—in Spring 2017, all New York City high school juniors were able to take the SAT free of charge during the school day. SAT School Day allows students to take the SAT at their own school, among people they know, in a familiar environment, during the school hours.
A Thursday article from the New York Times highlighted the SAT participation increase and described the efforts city’s efforts to narrow the participation and achievement gap between different groups.
New York is part of a growing movement of states and districts participating in SAT School Day. This school year, ten states and the District of Columbia will administer the SAT at no cost to students. That’s in addition to more than 250 school districts, including big districts like New York, Houston, and Hillsborough County in Florida. By comparison, in the 2014-15 school year, three states (Delaware, Idaho, Maine) and the District of Columbia, plus just over 110 school districts, administered the SAT at no cost to students.
“As the first in my family to go to college, I understand the message that initiatives like SAT School Day and College Awareness Day send to our students—we believe they have the potential to go to college, and we’re going to give them the support and resources to get there,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “I am excited to see a record number of students taking the SAT as a result of the SAT School Day, and in particular, to see the SAT participation gap shrinking. We’ll continue to build on record-high graduation rates, college enrollment, and college readiness rates with our Equity and Excellence for All agenda.”
Photo, L-R: Student Nayelis Arias, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, College Board’s David Adams, and Deputy Chancellor Weinberg. The announcement took place during the City’s third-annual College Awareness Day, on which all schools participate in college and career-themed events and activities to promote a college-going culture.