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Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to Los Angeles and the 2018 PrepárateTM conference. I’m delighted to join you in person this year, to bear witness to the power and strength of this community, and to discuss ways we can work together to educate Latino students for the future of America.

During challenging times, we’ve taken bold, collective steps towards greater access and equity. I’m grateful for your collaboration and particularly proud of the recent work we’ve done—from #NoNosVamos to our support of DACA students. I’m truly in awe of how young people have responded. For example, we’ve seen the number of Latino students taking AP Computer Science more than double from 2016 to 2017, thanks to the new AP CSP course, and the number of Latino students earning a 3 or higher on these exams almost triple. These young people are accepting the challenge of AP and succeeding. Latino students comprised 22.4% of students from the class of 2017, and 22.9% of all AP Exam takers who scored a 3 or higher in the class of 2017. We’ve also seen remarkable Latino students use Official SAT Practice to increase their SAT scores by hundreds of points, and then apply to colleges that had previousy felt out of reach.

May we celebrate the triumphs of these remarkable young people during Prepárate and honor their dedication with our own. Thank you to the educators, students, scholars, and trailblazers who traveled near and far to be here. Let’s get to work, together.

Sincerely,
David Coleman
President and CEO
The College Board