The DOE’s AP for All initiative continues to gain steam as record numbers of NYC students took and passed Advanced Placement exams in 2017.
After reviewing NYC students’ Advanced Placement (AP) test results from the past school year (2016–17), the DOE has announced that more City students than ever before took and passed AP exams in 2017.
Overall, the number of students taking at least one AP exam in 2017 rose 9.9 percent, from 44,906 students in 2016, to a record 49,364 students this year. Likewise, the number of students passing at least one AP exam rose 7.5 percent. These increases occurred in every borough and across all ethnic groups.
“Across all five boroughs, our students and educators continue to raise the bar, and I celebrate their progress,” said Chancellor Carmen Fariña in response to the news. “Our investments in Equity and Excellence for All are working to ensure all our kids – regardless of what neighborhood they live in or school they attend – have access to the rigorous, challenging coursework they’ll need to succeed once they graduate high school. These results show that we are making the right investments and moving in the right direction, and I look forward to the work ahead of us.”
This year’s results build upon AP for All’s record-setting debut during the 2015–16 school year. Going forward, the DOE anticipates that 75 percent of all high school students will have access to at least five AP classes by fall 2018. Ultimately, the DOE expects the AP for All initiative to provide 100 percent of students with access to AP classes by fall 2021.
To learn more about this year’s AP testing and participation results, please visit our website.