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Document Number: 7034

Gaining or Losing Ground? Equity in Offering Advanced Placement Courses in California High Schools 1997-2003 - This report examines the number of distinct AP subjects offered at nearly 1,100 “regular” public high schools in California. The authors found that the percent of high schools in the state not offering AP courses rose from 15% in 1997 to 22% in 2003. The offering of AP courses was not tied to the percent of African American or Latino students in a school – schools with both low and high concentrations of Latino and African American students were associated with reduced AP course offerings. However, upon controlling for school size, the authors found a negative corrolation between AP course offerings and concentration of underrepresented minorities, and a lack in increases in AP course offerings since 1997 in larger high schools with greater concentrations of low-income students. The study concludes with policy recommendations and future research directions. (Maria Estela Zarate and Harry P. Pachon, Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, March 2006)...

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