More Students Taking AP, but Racial Gaps Persist

There’s an achievement gap, not just in AP performance, but in students even taking Advanced Placement courses in the first place.

National Journal
Sophie Quinton
Add to Briefcase
See more stories about...
Sophie Quinton
Feb. 17, 2014, 11:55 p.m.

Here’s a roundup of the edu­ca­tion art­icles that caught Next Amer­ica’s eye from Feb. 10 to 17. All ad­dress trends that par­tic­u­larly af­fect minor­ity stu­dents.

RA­CIAL GAPS PER­SIST IN AD­VANCED PLACE­MENT TESTS. The num­ber of high school stu­dents tak­ing ad­vanced place­ment tests had al­most doubled in the last dec­ade, but hun­dreds of thou­sands of stu­dents aren’t tak­ing AP courses in sub­ject areas where they show po­ten­tial, ac­cord­ing to the Col­lege Board. And ra­cial gaps still per­sist: Afric­an Amer­ic­an stu­dents, for ex­ample, while mak­ing up 14.5 per­cent of the high school class of 2013, are just 4.6 per­cent of stu­dents scor­ing a 3 or high­er on an AP ex­am. Chron­icle of High­er Edu­ca­tion

OBAMA EVENT ON YOUR MINOR­ITY MEN POST­PONED. The launch of a White House ini­ti­at­ive that would sup­port young minor­ity men was post­poned last week due to bad weath­er. The ef­fort — when it of­fi­cially launches — will call on the private sec­tor to test strategies aimed at keep­ing young people in school and out of trouble. It will also in­volve an in­tern­al agency ef­fort to eval­u­ate which pro­grams best serve the pop­u­la­tion. Wash­ing­ton Post

COL­LEGE PAYS OFF. The wage premi­um for hav­ing a col­lege de­gree is at a re­cord high, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port from the Pew Re­search Cen­ter. Young col­lege-edu­cated work­ers today earn $17,500 more, on av­er­age, than their coun­ter­parts with only high school dip­lo­mas. In 1965, the wage gap was just $7,400. Mean­while, a re­port from Hamilton Place Strategies finds that, giv­en cur­rent trends in tu­ition in­creases, a four-year de­gree will no longer be worth its cost in the year 2086. New York Times

De BLA­SIO DE­FENDS DE­CISION TO KEEP SCHOOLS OPEN. The winter storm that hammered New York City last week was worse than May­or Bill de Bla­sio ex­pec­ted, but he’s still de­fen­ded his de­cision to keep the schools open. “So many fam­il­ies de­pend on their schools as a place for their kids to be dur­ing the day, a safe place, a place where they not only are taught but they get nu­tri­tion and they are safe from the ele­ments,” de Bla­sio said. “So many of these fam­il­ies have to go to work. They do not have a choice. They need a safe op­tion for their kids.” Chalk­beat New York

COL­LEGES CLEAN UP FIN­AN­CIAL AID LAN­GUAGE. Dozens of col­leges and uni­versit­ies have changed the word­ing on their fin­an­cial aid web­sites in re­sponse to cri­ti­cisms from Rep. Eli­jah Cum­mings, D-Md., that col­leges were mis­lead­ing stu­dents. Cum­mings’ of­fice iden­ti­fied 111 cases of col­leges re­quir­ing stu­dents to sub­mit fee-based forms for fed­er­al stu­dent aid or im­ply­ing that stu­dents would have to pay to ac­cess fed­er­al aid, even though fed­er­al law re­quires in­sti­tu­tions to ac­cept and pro­cess such forms for free. In­side High­er Ed


WHY CENT­RAL FLOR­IDA KIDS CHOOSE COM­MUNITY COL­LEGEA part­ner­ship between UCF and loc­al two-year pro­grams is help­ing keep a uni­versity de­gree with­in the reach of low-in­come, minor­ity stu­dents. By Soph­ie Quin­ton.

WHY SOME HB­CUs HAVE MORE WHITE, HIS­PAN­IC STU­DENTSRoundup: Com­pet­i­tion for stel­lar Afric­an-Amer­ic­an stu­dents is so stiff, some in­sti­tu­tions now fill the gap with low-in­come stu­dents, cre­at­ing more chal­lenges to the bot­tom line. By Soph­ie Quin­ton.

RU­BIO: HERE’S HOW TO MAKE COL­LEGE AF­FORD­ABLE. Amer­ic­ans — in­clud­ing first-gen­er­a­tion col­legi­ans — need high­er-ed tools geared to­ward the new eco­nomy, the sen­at­or said at a Next Amer­ica event. By Stephanie Czekal­in­ski

What We're Following See More »
Chef Jose Andres Campaigns With Clinton
7 hours ago
White House Weighs in Against Non-Compete Contracts
8 hours ago

"The Obama administration on Tuesday called on U.S. states to ban agreements prohibiting many workers from moving to their employers’ rivals, saying it would lead to a more competitive labor market and faster wage growth. The administration said so-called non-compete agreements interfere with worker mobility and states should consider barring companies from requiring low-wage workers and other employees who are not privy to trade secrets or other special circumstances to sign them."

House Investigators Already Sharpening Their Spears for Clinton
9 hours ago

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz plans to spend "years, come January, probing the record of a President Hillary Clinton." Chaffetz told the Washington Post: “It’s a target-rich environment. Even before we get to Day One, we’ve got two years’ worth of material already lined up. She has four years of history at the State Department, and it ain’t good.”

Clinton Super PAC Enters the House Fray
13 hours ago

Priorities USA, the super PAC aligned with the Clinton campaign, which has already gotten involved in two Senate races, is now expanding into House races. The group released a 30 second spot which serves to hit Donald Trump and Iowa Rep. Rod Blum, who is in a tough race to win re-election in Iowa's first congressional district. The super PAC's expansion into House and Senate races shows a high level of confidence in Clinton's standing against Trump.

House to Vote on Iran Sanctions Renewal in Lame Duck
13 hours ago

Republican House leaders are planning on taking up a vote to renew the Iran Sanctions Act as soon as the lame-duck session begins in mid-November. The law, which expires on Dec. 31, permits a host of sanctions against Iran's industries, defense, and government. The renewal will likely pass the House, but its status is unclear once it reaches the Senate, and a spokesman from the White House refused to say whether President Obama would sign it into law.


Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.