The Challenge of Creating Schools That ‘Work for Everybody’

School tries the concept of allowing students to Self-Nominate into AP classes, also AP class meets with standard track, and students can also leave AP class easily.

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One thing it means is a big push to open the doors of AP classrooms to everyone, not just the white, affluent students who disproportionately fill those chairs. That work is complex, slow-moving, and far from finished.

At tables in the sunny lunchtime commons, brown, black, and white students offer many stories of counselors and teachers who encourage them to try higher-level classes. But that sense of freedom and support isn’t universal.

“They don’t treat people the same,” said an African-American girl who declined to give her name, even though she takes AP classes.

“They kind of size you up, like if they think you’re going to a four-year college, they’re like, ‘AP’s hard, but keep trying.’ If they think you’re maybe just going to community college, it’s more like, ‘Sure, if AP’s too hard, don’t do it.’ “

City’s AP exam passing rates show gains, especially for black and Hispanic students

AP for All is working as planned and increasing minority participation.  Students benefit from AP classes even when they do not pass.  AP classes are commonly the student’s first introduction to College-level Rigor.

Link: City’s AP exam passing rates show gains, especially for black and Hispanic students

The number of students taking at least one AP exam in 2016 rose by nearly 3,500 students citywide, and over 1,800 more students passed an AP exam in 2016 than in the previous year.

Black and Hispanic students saw the largest gains. Participation among black students increased by over 14 percent and the number of students passing at least one AP exam increased by 18 percent. Hispanic students increased both passing and participation rates by about 10 percent.

The increased participation and passing rates are part of a trend that started before Mayor Bill de Blasio took office, but the mayor has supported expanded access to AP classes during his tenure. Last September, de Blasio announced “AP for All,” a program designed to boost the number of AP classes in schools with an eye toward making sure low-income students and students of color have equal access to the college-level courses.

A 2015 report by the Center for New York City Affairs at the New School found that more than half the city’s high schools did not offer a single AP course in math and about half did not offer an AP course in science. Currently, approximately 370 of the city’s roughly 500 high schools offer at least one AP class, according to the city’s education department.

City launches $1.6M plan to improve school AP class diversity

City announces AP for All, which should help the over 50% of minority students who do not have access to a single AP class at their schools.

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City Education Department officials have launched a $1.6 million plan to bring more black and Hispanic students into Advanced Placement courses, the Daily News has learned.

The city’s new Lead Higher program aims to bring 1,400 of these students at two dozen public schools into AP classes that are often dominated by white and Asian students.

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Just 7,386 black and Hispanic students passed AP exams in the 2014-15 school year, compared to 14,323 white and Asian students. Black and Hispanic kids account for roughly 70% of all city school students.

Melanie Katz, principal of Franklin D. Roosevelt High School in Brooklyn, said she hopes the Lead Higher program will help her add another 60 black and Hispanic students to AP classes in 2017.

Record Number of NYC Students Taking College-Level AP Classes, Mayor Says

In hopes of increasing the number of students experiencing college rigor courses prior to high-school graduation access to AP is increasing.

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A record 44,906 students took at least one Advanced Placement, or AP class, during the 2015-16 school year, up 8.4 percent from the year before. But only 24,006 of those students passed at least one of the tests, an increase of about 8.2 percent from the number who passed the year before, officials said.

More students of color enrolled in AP classes last year as well: the number of black students taking at least one class was up by 14.1 percent and the number of Hispanic students up by 9.9 percent compared to 2015.

The Department of Education launched a campaign last year called AP for All, which aims to equip every high school to offer at least five of the more rigorous courses, for which students can earn college credits, by the fall of 2021.

A Comparison of the College Outcomes of AP and Dual Enrollment Students

AP is often the only chance a student may get to experience college rigor.  But last year in NYC over 50% of Black students attended a school that did not offer a single AP class.

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Research has indicated that a rigorous high school
curriculum is a strong predictor of college success and
is:
– positively related to standardized test scores
– positively related to college enrollment rates
– positively related to four-year graduation rates
– negatively related to remediation rates

One way of delivering rigor is through providing college level courses to high school students. Two examples are:
– Dual enrollment
– Advanced Placement