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Press Release NYCDOE

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 30, 2013N-23, 2013-14
 
THE NYC DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, COLLEGE BOARD ANDNATIONAL MATH AND SCIENCE INITIATIVE COLLABORATE TOLAUNCH THE NYC ADVANCED PLACEMENT
®
EXPANSIONINITIATIVE
 New Program Increases Access to AP STEM Courses
NEW YORK 
― The New York City Department of Education (DOE) announced today itwill partner with The College Board and the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) to launchthe NYC Advanced Placement
®
(AP
®
) Expansion Initiative this fall. The NYC AP Expansion is athree-year program designed to help graduating students prepare to pursue college degrees andcareers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. The initiative will increase participation and performance in AP math, science, English, and history courses. The announcementwas made at the KC Rosenthal Pavilion at New York University’s Kimmel Center by New York CityDepartment of Education Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott, College Board Senior Vice President of APand Instruction Trevor Packer, and NMSI Chief Academic Officer Gregg Fleisher.The initiative will include a heavy focus on STEM, providing the resources to start more than120 new AP STEM-related courses in 55 New York City high schools, increasing the number of students studying science, technology, engineering and math. In its first year, approximately 2,500students will obtain access to these courses for the first time, many who attend high schools in someof the city’s most underserved neighborhoods and communities. Participating schools will have theoption to implement AP courses in Biology, Calculus AB, Environmental Science, Statistics, EnglishLiterature and Composition, and U.S. History.“New York City student participation in AP exams rose 9.1 percent in 2012 from 2011,compared to 6.4 percent nationally and some of our largest performance gains have been amongBlack and Hispanic students,” said Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott. “This initiative is one of many that will help to further expand AP access in high schools while providing students withchoices towards college and career readiness. STEM-related classes get students thinking about thenext step in their education and future careers, and the AP expansion program will prepare our students to compete and succeed in new and emerging fields of study and careers in the 21
st
century.”Research shows that students who took AP math and science were more likely than non-APstudents to earn degrees in physical science, engineering, and life science disciplines — all fieldsleading to careers essential for America’s future prosperity. This correlation is particularly strongamong Black, Hispanic and female students.
 
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The College Board will supply school level engagement such as guidance for counselors onhow to communicate the value of AP to students and parents, planning for parent communicationsand events and coordination of outreach to prospective colleges and universities for New York Citystudents.“We are delighted to see more access to AP math, science, and humanities courses which willgive New York City students the critical thinking skills that are necessary for success in college,”said College Board Senior Vice President of AP and Instruction Trevor Packer. “We look forward to partnering with New York City’s dedicated teachers and administrators to provide opportunities for thousands of students to earn a college degree and enter some of today’s most innovative careers.”As part of the program, the National Math and Science Initiative will provide instructionalsupport for all new AP and Pre-AP
®
teachers, as well as continuous classroom coaching and onlinementoring. During the spring of 2014, NMSI will offer students approximately four Saturday test- preparation sessions in anticipation of AP exams in May. In addition, students will have access totest-preparation materials and homework online throughout the school year.“The National Math and Science Initiative is proud to support New York City's AP ExpansionInitiative,” said NMSI Chief Academic Officer Gregg Fleisher. “This initiative provides extratraining for teachers as well as more time on task for students in rigorous AP courses, which willchange the life trajectory of thousands of students.”At the announcement, the New York City Department of Education, College Board and NMSI revealed the New York City AP Expansion Initiative video, to watch the full versionclick here.
About the College Board
The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to collegesuccess and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leadingeducational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year,the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition tocollege through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including theSAT
®
and the Advanced Placement Program
®
. The organization also serves the education communitythrough research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators, and schools. For more information,visitwww.collegeboard.org.2

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