In the last ten years, the number of high school students taking advanced placement (AP) tests has increased dramatically. But according to the College Board’s latest report, one group still lags behind.
Black/African American students in the graduating class of 2013 were the most underrepresented group in AP classrooms and in the population of success AP exam takers.
The report also revealed that AP exam test takers are still more likely to come from wealthier families, with 27.5 percent of the 48.1 percent of U.S. students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.
Parental income has a great influence on educational performance, and while black students made up 14.5 percent of the graduating class last year, they only accounted for 9.2 percent of the nation’s AP exam takers.
View the full report here.
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