“These data should serve as a sobering reality check,” King said.While the secretary acknowledged that some groups (Republicans and teachers’ unions, for instance) think the department is trying to be too involved in how states interpret the law, he issued a stern warning.
Despite the fact that Latino kids made up a quarter of all public-school students and black children comprised more than 15 percent of students that year, just a third of high schools where at least three-fourths of students were black and Latino offered calculus.
Yet 56 percent of high schools where black and Latino kids made up less than a quarter of the student body offered the course.
These financial problems are mainly due to a caregiver (either the student or a guardian) losing their jobs, which adds a psychological stress to a financial predicament.
For instance, according to Times Higher Education, 1 out of 4 college students in Germany broke off their studies early due to either financial problems, poor student professor relationships or lack of motivation. writer and editor, explains how this issue has turned more complicated in the United States due to student loans, as over 40% of student borrowers are not making payments on their loans, which adds to a vicious student debt cycle that pushes them out of school.
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.
Afterward, the portion of students earning an “advanced” distinction on their diplomas went up.
Yet not all schools are taking such deliberate steps to reduce gaps.
Separate research also suggests that students who take advanced math and science classes are more likely to earn degrees in those fields than kids who do not.
That’s important because where there isn’t a massive need for, say, English majors, engineering and healthcare companies are hiring.