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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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Ferriday Lower Elementary School

110 BATEMAN DRIVE, FERRIDAY, LA., 71334 | Grades PreK-2

Districts with 3,000 or more students
Students Total Teachers Inexp. Teachers
This School
District 3,850 246 8%
State 606K 42,651 11%
State Average
District Average

Percentage of relevant students who...

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0% Am Indian

0% Asian

91% Black

0% Hispanic

8% White

Ferriday Lower Elementary School, part of the Concordia Parish School Board district, is located in Ferriday, Louisiana. The school reports an enrollment number of 450 students in grades pre-kindergarten through two, and it has 31 teachers on staff.

Ferriday Lower Elementary School is above both the state and district averages for the percentage of students eligible to receive free or reduced-price lunch. On average, 63 percent of students in Louisiana qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, while 98 percent of students at Ferriday Lower Elementary School do. At the district level, 73 percent of students qualify.

ProPublica's analysis found that all too often, states and schools provide poor students fewer educational programs like Advanced Placement, gifted and talented programs, and advanced math and science classes. Studies have linked participation in these programs with better outcomes later in life. Our analysis uses free and reduced-price lunch to estimate poverty at schools. We based our findings on the most comprehensive data set of access to advanced classes and special programs in U.S. public schools — known as the Civil Rights Data Set— released by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

The school hasn't reported or may not have a gifted and talented program.

Calhoun Elementary School, in Calhoun, La., is a lower-poverty school than Ferriday Lower Elementary School, with 45 percent of its students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch. The school hasn't reported or may not have a gifted and talented program.

These data points were reported by schools and districts to the Office for Civil Rights. For more information about the data, see our full methodology.

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