New York City and the College Board

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New York City and College Board Partner to Deliver AP and College Access to All Students

In fall 2015, Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced an ambitious set of goals for New York City schools. Their plan looks to have 80 percent of NYC students graduating high school on time by 2026, with two-thirds of that number being college ready.

The College Board is proud to partner with the New York City Department of Education to help make these goals a reality. We are collaborating with the city on two initiatives that are part of its Equity and Excellence agenda: High School College Access for All and AP for All.

High School College Access for All

The goal: By 2018, every student in New York City public schools will graduate from high school with an individual college and career plan and have access to resources that will support them in pursuing that plan.

The strategy: The Department of Education will focus on ensuring that every high school is able to provide all its students high-quality, individualized guidance for postsecondary planning. To achieve this, the DOE will supply schools with training, coaching, and funding for partnerships with community-based organizations, and access to programs such as SAT School Day, which provides the SAT to all public school juniors at no cost during the school day,thus expanding college opportunity to all students.

AP for All

The goal: By fall 2021, students at all city high schools will have access to a full slate of at least five AP courses, so that every city student can take advantage of the opportunities AP offers for achieving college and career readiness.

The strategy: The Department of Education will implement programs to bring AP courses to schools that haven’t historically offered them, increase the equity of AP enrollment across all schools, and provide supports to make courses available to English language learners and students with disabilities.

Learn more about AP for All

The College Board and New York City

New York City students have long benefited from College Board programs, as the statistics below show.

In their new partnership, the College Board and the New York City Department of Education will work together to expand access to these programs and their benefits to all of the city’s public school students over the coming years.


The PSAT/NMSQT connects students to programs that award academic recognitions and scholarships, including the National Merit® Scholarship Program. Taking the PSAT/NMSQT is good practice for taking the SAT, and the test can also increase access to AP.

  • In 2014, 113,386 public school students in New York City took the PSAT/NMSQT — 71% of 10th-graders and 79% of 11th-graders.4
  • 74% of 10th-grade PSAT/NMSQT takers and 77% of 11th-grade PSAT/NMSQT takers were underrepresented minorities.


The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test accepted by all U.S. colleges. The College Board offers SAT fee waivers to eligible low-income students, who also receive college application fee waivers.

  • In New York City, 48,678 or 76% of public school students from the class of 2015 took the SAT.5
  • 83% of these SAT takers were underrepresented minority students.
  • 73% of these SAT takers took the test using a fee waiver.


AP courses — college-level courses offered in high school — give students the chance to develop and polish skills they’ll need in college and beyond. AP can help students stand out in college admission and save time and money in college by earning credit or advanced placement in college courses.

  • In New York City, 42,220 public school students took a total of 66,636 AP Exams in 2015.
  • 79% of these AP Exam takers were underrepresented minority students.
  • 50% of these AP Exam takers were low-income students.

4. and 5. PSAT/NMSQT and SAT participation rates are based on the WICHE grade-level enrollment and graduate projections, respectively (