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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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Central

246 18TH AVENUE, NEWARK, N.J., 07108 | Grades 9-12

Districts with 3,000 or more students
Students Total Teachers Inexp. Teachers AP Courses
This School
860
72
22% 5
District 37.7K 3,140 9% 4
State 880K 72,554 11% 12
 
State Average
 
District Average

Percentage of relevant students who...

Get Free/Reduced Price Lunch

35%
83%

72%

Take at Least One AP Course

14%
6%

7%

AP Pass Rate

62%
15%

0%

Take Advanced Math

16%
10%

14%

Take Chemistry

20%
16%

19%

Take Physics

9%
9%

9%

Participate in sports

52%
0.0%

39%

Are

0%
0%

0% Am Indian
10%
1%

1% Asian
19%
55%

92% Black
24%
36%

8% Hispanic
46%
8%

0% White

Central, part of the Newark district, is located in Newark, New Jersey. The school reports an enrollment number of 860 students in grades nine through 12, and it has 72 teachers on staff.

Central is above the state average but below the district average in terms of the percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunches. On average, 35 percent of students in New Jersey are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch programs, whereas 72 percent of Central students do. At the district level, 83 percent of students are eligible.

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.

Central offers five AP courses, and 7 percent of students participate in those classes.

Central enrolls 14 percent of students in advanced math classes, and 19 percent of students take chemistry. The enrollment rate for physics at the school is 9 percent.

Millburn Sr High, in Millburn, New Jersey, is a lower-poverty school than Central, with 1 percent of its students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch. The school offers 27 AP courses, and 72 percent of students are enrolled in those classs.

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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