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Removing ethnicity from AP testing has allowed for marginalized groups to not longer be subjected to stereotypes.

Ethnicity no longer a factor for collegiate testing

The College Board has removed ethnicity from AP exams and excluding demographic data that once was collected.

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The College Board is known for sharing a state-by- state look at how high school students performed on AP exams by including demographic data that is accessible to the public. The amount of information gathered allowed many to formulate ideas of competency based on these results.

According to Higher ED Dive this information was “so detailed… that one could look, for instance, Black students’ average on the AP Biology test up for any given year.” Which is no longer available since 2021, when the College Board decided to no longer disclose this information.

The history of AP exams traces back to the 1950, upon the concern of American students inability to adapt to collegiate demands. As a result, in 1952, the pilot program for AP exams was launched with the intent to test high schoolers in 11 subjects. “The College Board took over administration of what would be known as the Advanced Placement program” as mentioned by Higher Ed Dive.

In the last 10 years AP testings has been on demand. Many institutions have become familiarized with the test and encourage students from taking. Higher ED Dive states that “1.2 million students in the class of 2021 took at least one AP exam, up from about 898,000 in the class of 2011.”

The College Board did not respond to a request for comment with AL DÍA NEWS.

 

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