When Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced the DOE’s Equity and Excellence for All agenda for NYC public schools in fall 2015, they envisioned a City school system that strives to ensure that all students graduate from high school ready for college and careers, regardless of zip code.
Well now, thanks to AP for All, one of the policy initiatives created to help support the City’s Equity and Excellence for All agenda, the DOE is now closer than ever to fulfilling its college-and career-readiness goals.
During the 2015-16 school year, a record number of City public school students took and passed at least one Advanced Placement (AP) examination. The number of students taking at least one AP exam rose 8.4% from the prior year to a record 44,906 students. Likewise, the number of students passing at least one AP exam rose 8.2% over the prior school year to a record 24,006 students.
In addition, the largest participation and performance gains on last year’s AP exams were made by the City’s Black and Latino students. 14.1% more Black students and 9.9% more Latino students took at least one AP exam during the 2015-16 school year than the prior year. Performance-wise, 18% more Black students and 10.8% more Latino students passed at least one AP exam in 2015-16 than in the previous school year.
“We are focused on giving all our students the classroom instruction they need to graduate from high school and succeed in college and careers,” said Chancellor Fariña during a press conference highlighting these AP exam outcomes. “Today, we are celebrating real progress on students’ access to rigorous AP courses and exams, but we know there is more work to do—and through our AP for All initiative, we will ensure access to AP courses and exams for every high school student across all five boroughs.”
For more information about last year’s AP exam results, please check out the DOE’s website.