Magazine article ASEE Prism

Fewer Math Opportunities for Minorities

Magazine article ASEE Prism

Fewer Math Opportunities for Minorities

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Many minority students in America's grade and high schools face a mathematical conundrum. While they are keener than their nonminority peers to take advance placement (AP) math courses, they actually have fewer opportunities to do so.

A recent Harris Interactive survey conducted for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering found that 41 percent of fifth- through eighthgrade minority students cite math as their favorite subject, compared with just 30 percent of their nonminority classmates. Among high schoolers, 31 percent of minority students, versus just 17 percent of non-minority students, favor math over other courses. Seventy-three percent of minority students said they would take AP math, but only 44 percent were enrolled in schools offering advanced math. …

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