Journalism in the Public Interest

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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Stevens Forest Elementary

6045 STEVENS FOREST RD, COLUMBIA, MD., 21045 | Grades K-5

Districts with 3,000 or more students
Students Total Teachers Inexp. Teachers
This School
District 50.4K 3,705 12%
State 826K 56,262 11%
State Average
District Average

Percentage of relevant students who...

Get Free/Reduced Price Lunch



Are in a Gifted/Talented Program





0% Am Indian

3% Asian

36% Black

25% Hispanic

24% White

Stevens Forest Elementary, part of the Howard County Public Schools district, is located in Columbia, Maryland. The school reports an enrollment number of 295 students in grades kindergarten through five, and it has 29 teachers on staff.

Stevens Forest Elementary is above both the state and district averages for the percentage of students eligible to receive free or reduced-price lunch. On average, 34 percent of students in Maryland qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, while 44 percent of students at Stevens Forest Elementary do. At the district level, 13 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.

Stevens Forest Elementary's enrollment rate for gifted and talented is 7 percent.

Clarksville Elementary, a lower-poverty school than Stevens Forest Elementary, does not have any students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. The school enrolls 17 percent of students in its gifted and talented program. The school is located in Clarksville, Md.

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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