Fulfilling AP Potential
Ensuring that students realize their full potential is a critical component to achieving the nation's education goals. The College Board is committed to working with educators to help provide all students with potential for success in AP — regardless of location, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status — an opportunity to maximize their college years by having successful AP experiences.
While many schools and districts have worked to increase access to AP, hundreds of thousands of prepared students were either left out of an AP subject for which they had potential or attended a school that did not offer the subject. An analysis of nearly 771,000 graduates with AP potential found that nearly 478,000 (62 percent) did not take a recommended AP subject. Underserved minorities appear to be disproportionately impacted: 74 percent of American Indian/Alaska Native students, 80 percent of black/African American students, and 70 percent of Hispanic/Latino students did not take the recommended AP subject.*
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