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
New Program Increases Access to AP STEM Courses
― 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
) 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
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.