Counties Where Blacks Are Making Substantial Progress in Advanced Placement Examinations

For the first time in history, in 2007 more than 1,000 black students in a single school district received passing grades on Advanced Placement examinations. A passing grade on an Advanced Placement test is equivalent to attaining a grade of C or better on a college-level course.

In the very large New York City public school system the number of students receiving passing grades on Advanced Placement tests rose from 987 in 2006 to 1,257 this year.

But far more impressive was the performance of black students in the much smaller Montgomery County, Maryland, school district. There, the number of black students taking AP examinations rose from 1,713 in 2006 to 2,093 in 2007. And the number of students receiving passing grades increased from 851 to 1,062.

Broward County, Florida, produced the third-highest number of black students who passed AP examinations. There, the number of black students receiving passing grades on AP tests rose from 686 in 2006 to 867 this year.