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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 Texas

Districts with 3,000 or more students.
4.01M
Students
269K
Teachers
249
Districts
5,136
Schools

Key Findings

In Texas, high and low-poverty schools have similar enrollment levels in Advanced Placement courses, advanced math and chemistry. Texas also ranks among the top states for the percentage of students enrolled in AP and chemistry, but among the lowest for enrollment in advanced math courses.

The state has a number of policies that encourage districts, schools and students to engage in rigorous courses. Texas subsidizes most of the cost of AP exam fees for low-income students, and provides a $100 incentive for schools for each of their students that achieves a passing grade or higher in an AP exam.

Percentage of relevant students who...

 
National Average

AP Pass Rate

55%

48%

Take Chemistry

18%

26%

Take Physics

8%

14%

Are

1%

0% Am Indian
6%

4% Asian
18%

15% Black
25%

50% Hispanic
49%

29% White

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At a Glance

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

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