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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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Eakin Elementary School

2500 FAIRFAX AVE, NASHVILLE, TENN., 37212 | Grades PreK-4

Districts with 3,000 or more students
Students Total Teachers Inexp. Teachers
This School
585
40
15%
District 74.5K 5,013 13%
State 877K 57,021 12%
 
State Average
 
District Average

Percentage of relevant students who...

Get Free/Reduced Price Lunch

49%
65%

25%

Are in a Gifted/Talented Program

3%
4%

14%

Are

0%
0%

0% Am Indian
2%
4%

11% Asian
25%
47%

37% Black
6%
16%

5% Hispanic
67%
33%

48% White

Eakin Elementary School, part of the Nashville-Davidson County district, is located in Nashville, Tennessee. The school reports an enrollment number of 585 students in grades pre-kindergarten through four, and it has 40 teachers on staff.

Eakin Elementary School is below both the state and district averages for the percentage of its students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. On average, 49 percent of students in Tennessee qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, whereas 25 percent of students at Eakin Elementary School are eligible. At the district level, 65 percent 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.

Eakin Elementary School's enrollment rate for gifted and talented is 14 percent.

Haywood Elementary School, also in Nashville, Tenn., is a higher-poverty school than Eakin Elementary School, with 100 percent of its students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. The school enrolls 1 percent of students in its 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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