Beth Fertig is the contributing editor for education, covering the New York City public school system for WNYC on air and online at SchoolBook.org. She has covered education in the city for more than 15 years. Beth is the author of Why cant u teach me 2 read? Three Students and a Mayor Put Our Schools to the Test (FSG Books) which grew out of a radio series on the low graduation rate for special education students. Follow her @bethfertig.
More NYC Students Sign Up for AP Exams
Thursday, February 11, 2010
New York, NY —
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.