Friday, July 01, 2011

Memo to Jay Inslee: "Some states still leave low-income students behind; others make surprising gains."

Sharona Coutts and Jennifer LaFleur (ProPublica via SeattlePostGlobe):
In many states, ... economic differences are reflected in the classroom, with students in wealthy schools taking many more advanced courses.

But not in Florida. A ProPublica analysis of previously unreleased federal data shows that Florida leads the nation in the percentage of high-school students enrolled in high-level classes—Advanced Placement and advanced math. That holds true across rich and poor districts.

Studies repeatedly have shown that students who take advanced classes have greater chances of attending and succeeding in college.

Our analysis identifies several states that, like Florida, have leveled the field and now offer rich and poor students roughly equal access to high-level courses. MORE...

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