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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 Virginia

Districts with 3,000 or more students.
1.13M
Students
81.9K
Teachers
73
Districts
1,628
Schools

Key Findings

While about 20 percent of all Virginia students are enrolled in at least one Advanced Placement course, students in high-poverty schools are less likely to be enrolled than students in wealthier schools.

A Virginia state education official said the state has introduced some measures to improve access for low-income students, who, the official said, often live in rural areas. The state is focusing on building programs in middle schools to better prepare students for more rigorous courses in the higher grades.

Percentage of relevant students who...

 
National Average

AP Pass Rate

55%

58%

Take Chemistry

18%

17%

Take Physics

8%

9%

Are

1%

0% Am Indian
6%

7% Asian
18%

26% Black
25%

10% Hispanic
49%

57% 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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