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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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Educational Access in Florida

Districts with 3,000 or more students.
2.43M
Students
163K
Teachers
55
Districts
2,881
Schools

Key Findings

Florida has the highest percentage of students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses and has a fairly even distribution of enrollment across high or low-poverty schools.

A decade ago, the state introduced a partnership with the College Board, which administers AP programs, to “blanket” the state with AP courses. The program was directed to traditionally under-served groups, including minorities and low-income students. According to data from the College Board, the percentage of students taking AP exams that were low-income has doubled since 2006. (See our main story.)

Percentage of relevant students who...

 
National Average

AP Pass Rate

55%

44%

Take Chemistry

18%

16%

Take Physics

8%

5%

Are

1%

0% Am Indian
6%

3% Asian
18%

24% Black
25%

27% Hispanic
49%

46% White

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At a Glance

Choose a type of district and a school measure to update the map.

  • Unified Districts
  • Elementary Districts
  • Secondary Districts
  • Free/Reduced Lunch
  • AP Enrollment
  • AP Pass Rate
  • Advanced Math Enrollment
  • Gifted/Talented Enrollment