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Podcast | How does race influence access to rigorous coursework?

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In the latest episode of EdTalk, host Alex Granados talks with James Ford, executive director of the Center for Racial Equity and Education (CREED).

CREED is releasing two reports examining equity in North Carolina, and content related to them is being released on EducationNC throughout August.

In this episode, Ford talks more about his project, including how race impacts academically gifted students, students with disabilities, access to Advanced Placement (AP) and honors courses, and more. Ford points out the racial disparities in both access to AP courses as well as achievement on AP exams, and he highlights the lack of English Language Learners taking AP exams.

“For AP US History, only 12 of the 29,000 students that took that exam were [English Language Learners] — 12,” Ford said. Of the “AP English exam, only four, and of environmental science, only 11.” 

Editor’s note: James Ford is on contract with the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research from 2017-2020 while he leads this statewide study of equity in our schools. Center staff is supporting Ford’s leadership of the study, has conducted an independent verification of the data, and has edited the reports.


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