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Is Your State Providing Equal Access to Education?

ProPublica analyzed federal education data from the 2009-2010 school year to examine whether states provide high-poverty schools equal access to advanced courses and special programs that researchers say will help them later in life. This is the first nationwide picture of exactly which courses are being taken at which schools and districts across the country. More than three-quarters of all public school children are represented. Read our story and our methodology.

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Students Inexp. Teachers Avg. AP Courses Schools offering
Gifted/Talented Education
This District
369K
15% 7 26
State 1.36M 14% 11 798

District Schools

 
State Average

Percentage of relevant students who...

Get Free/Reduced Price Lunch

44%
78%

78%

Take at Least One AP Course

19%
22%

22%

AP Pass Rate

67%
38%

38%

Take Advanced Math

13%
4%

4%

Are in a Gifted/Talented Program

13%
25%

25%

Take Chemistry

21%
24%

24%

Take Physics

12%
7%

7%

Are

0%

0% Am Indian
5%

4% Asian
24%

43% Black
27%

43% Hispanic
43%

10% White