NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott were in Brooklyn Tuesday to highlight improving Regents, SAT and AP test scores among high school students.

As WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported, SAT scores have risen eight points in New York City, with double the number of African-American and Hispanic students taking the test since Mayor Bloomberg took office.

“A bigger pool, should, we think means lower scores. But it didn’t. Because it shows that we’re doing something right,” Bloomberg said.

The mayor and Chancellor Walcott made the announcement at Bedford Academy High School, where average SAT scores rose 14 points.

Student Keyana Williamson told 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa the trick is all about preparation.  “You eat from 6 to 7 o’clock, and then from 7 to 9 you take a practice Regents exam.”

Principal Adolpho Muhammad said the practice Regents exams are required, as are after school tutorials for other exams, Papa reported.

“I’m totally proud of them.  It’s a family effort.  That’s the way we do it here at Bedford Academy,” Muhammad said.

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