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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Plano West Senior High School
5601 W PARKER RD, PLANO, TEXAS, 75093 | Grades 11-12
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Plano West Senior High School, part of the Plano ISD, is located in Plano, Texas. The school reports enrolling 1,950 students in grades 11 and 12, and it has 125 teachers on staff.
Plano West Senior High School is below 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 programs, while 7 percent of Plano West Senior High School students are eligible. At the district level, 21 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.
Plano West Senior High School offers 27 AP courses, and 56 percent of students participate in those classes.
The school's pass rate for AP exams matches the district's, each of which is 100 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.
Plano West Senior High School has an enrollment rate of 39 percent for physics classes, and 15 percent of students take physics. The enrollment rate for the school's gifted and talented program is 11 percent.
Reach Charter, in Houston, Texas, is a higher-poverty school than Plano West Senior High School, with 56 percent of its students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. The school hasn't reported or may not offer AP classes.
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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