Fewer than half of all high schools in the United States offer calculus—and the kids who don’t have access to the math course are disproportionately students of color.
That finding is among the many disparities between white students and their black and Latino peers revealed in a new report from the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights.
Some states, such as Florida and Indiana, she pointed out, moved that direction years ago, and the new education law may encourage others to follow suit.
But, Ushomirsky cautioned, schools will need to look beyond averages at how different subgroups of students are doing.
While King stopped short of explicitly encouraging states to track access to advanced coursework, he reiterated that it would be an appropriate thing to measure.
Natasha Ushomirsky, the director of K-12 policy at Education Trust, a nonprofit focused on helping low-income students of color succeed, wants to see more districts and schools consider not only access to, but success in, such courses once kids are enrolled.
If they are not addressed adequately by campus management, it will lead to a significant decrease in student retention.
Beyond any other signal, this is perhaps the primary predictor of student attrition.
Published every two years, the latest data provides a look, among other things, at school discipline, where students are repeatedly absent, and where public preschool programs exist.
The data covers how more than 50 million students at over 95,500 schools around the country fared during the 2013-14 academic year.