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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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Lanier High School

1201 PEYTON GIN RD, AUSTIN, TEXAS, 78758 | Grades 9-12

Districts with 3,000 or more students
Students Total Teachers Inexp. Teachers AP Courses
This School
1,460
110
19% 8
District 84.3K 5,978 13% 16
State 4.01M 269,017 14% 15
 
State Average
 
District Average

Percentage of relevant students who...

Get Free/Reduced Price Lunch

48%
63%

84%

Take at Least One AP Course

20%
21%

14%

AP Pass Rate

48%
57%

36%

Take Advanced Math

10%
14%

9%

Are in a Gifted/Talented Program

8%
6%

3%

Take Chemistry

26%
25%

23%

Take Physics

14%
12%

8%

Participate in sports

32%
0.0%

12%

Are

0%
0%

0% Am Indian
4%
4%

2% Asian
15%
11%

13% Black
50%
59%

81% Hispanic
29%
26%

5% White

Lanier High School, part of the Austin ISD, is located in Austin, Texas. The school reports an enrollment number of 1,460 students in grades nine through 12, and it has 110 teachers on staff.

Lanier High School is above both the state and district averages in terms of the percentage of its students who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches. On average, 48 percent of students in Texas are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, whereas 84 percent of Lanier High School students are eligible. At the district level, 63 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.

Lanier High School offers eight AP courses, and 14 percent of students participate in those classes.

The school's pass rate for AP exams of 36 percent is below the district average of 57 percent.

A school's AP pass rate is determined by the number of students who both sat for AP exams and passed some or all of those exams.

Lanier High School has an enrollment rate of 9 percent for math classes, and 23 percent of students take chemistry. The enrollment rate for physics at the school is 8 percent, and the gifted and talented program has a participation rate of 3 percent.

Highland Park High School, a lower-poverty school than Lanier High School, does not have any students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. The school enrolls 56 percent of its students in AP classes. It is located in Dallas, Texas.

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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