Disparities in Education

A first-of-its-kind analysis conducted by the Columbus Dispatch of high school courses offered by Ohio school districts  finds that students living in poorer, more rural areas of the state have access to fewer overall and fewer high-level courses than students in suburban and urban areas. The article is found here:  Rural Kids Get Fewer AP Classes

As the author concludes, a student’s district of residence should not determine the type of education that he/she receives. All students in the state of Ohio deserve equal access to course programming that will prepare them to be successful after completion of the K-12 system of education.

Analysis of the data shows that the average rural district offers 146 high school courses, compared to 241 course offerings at suburban schools (rural districts average fewer than 6.5 high-level courses: upper-level math, Advanced Placement, general advanced courses, and nontraditional foreign languages such as German and Chinese, compared to the suburban district average of 26 high-level courses). Further analysis shows that Ohio’s six largest urban districts generally offer the most courses.

A comparison tool for all Ohio districts is found here: High School Courses