College Board Partnership
This legislation expands Florida’s partnership with the College Board to ensure students in our state’s urban communities have the resources they need to excel in advanced courses.
During the past two decades, Florida has made tremendous progress in expanding college and career pathways. Our state is now ranked 2nd in the nation for the percentage of graduates who took an AP exam during high school. We are ranked 3rd nationally in the percentage of high school students scoring a 3 or higher on an AP exam. Notably, the number of Florida students participating in AP exams has increased five-fold since 1999. (Source: FLDOE, 2015 College Board Data Report, College Board)
These successes can be traced back to the long-term partnership between the state of Florida and the College Board.
A line-item appropriation in the state budget (Assistance to Low Performing Schools) funds the partnership with the College Board. It covers the cost for students to take the PSAT and SAT exams, and also provides training for middle school teachers, counselors, administrators and high school teachers to help nontraditional and minority students be successful in AP courses.
Despite these investments and positive trends, recent data indicate a decline in African American student participation in AP courses and exams.
The focus of the College Board partnership for the past few years has been on rural school districts. An expansion into urban areas would allow for a more targeted focus on African American students to improve their participation rates in this critical college readiness program.