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More NYC Students Sign Up for AP Exams

Thursday, February 11, 2010

More city students are taking advanced placement tests, a measure of college readiness. WNYC's Beth Fertig reports.

REPORTER: About 25000 students took at least one AP exam last year in topics such as English, Calculus and Biology. That's up 6 percent over the previous year. The percentage of blacks and Hispanics taking the tests went up even more. But students in those groups still have lower pass rates than their white and Asian counterparts

Asians continue to represent the largest ethnic group taking the tests in New York City. Schools Chancellor Joel Klein said he's pleased with the increased participation and performance of city students over time.

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