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Report Ohio students of color excluded from advanced learning / Public Information Service

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite their ability to succeed in advanced courses, new research shows that black and Latino students in Ohio and other states are often denied advanced learning opportunities.

The Education Trust report examined the underlying causes of the disparities and found two main drivers. Kayla Patrick, policy analyst for the trust, said schools that enroll the most black and Latino students have slightly fewer places available in advanced courses – and schools seen as more racially diverse are less likely enroll black and Latino students in these courses.

“You can walk into a high school and the hallways are racially diverse, but the classrooms aren’t. The classrooms are separated by race,” she said. “So we really want district leaders and principals to really take a look at who is in their classrooms and make sure everyone has a fair chance to enroll. “

The report found that Ohio should double the number of black students – both in elementary gifted student programs and in advanced high school classes – to ensure fair representation. It makes a variety of recommendations to expand access to advanced learning opportunities, Patrick said, including the implementation of universal screening for gifted and talented programs, as well as automatic enrollment, “for s ‘ensure that every student who is ready for this advanced course has the opportunity to enroll in these courses. So this is either allowing students who have the grades, the previous courses and who really want to be in the course are allowed to be in the course. “

Patrick also encouraged districts to provide supports for success, for both teachers and students.

“So make sure the teachers have professional development and are ready to teach students in these advanced course opportunities,” she said. “And that also means providing tutoring, and maybe after-school programs or summer programs, that really catch up with students and prep and prep them.”

She said states should also set clear and measurable goals for access to advanced courses and use the data to identify factors that may prevent students of color from enrolling.

The report is online at

This story was produced in association with Media in the Public Interest and funded in part by the George Gund Foundation.

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