BEDFORD N.Y. Fox Lane High School is well ahead of the national average for the number of students taking advanced placement and advanced math courses, according to an independent study.
ProPublica examined federal data from the 2010-11 school year and created the first nationwide picture of what courses are being taken at districts across the country. More than 75 percent of all public school children were represented in the analysis.
Twenty-seven percent of Fox Lane students were in enrolled in an AP class, well above the national average of 16 percent, according to the findings. It trailed only Ossining High and John Jay in Cross River, two other schools in the northern Westchester County areas within the study.
Ossining had 32 percent enrolled in AP classes, while John Jay had 31 percent.
Advanced Placement is sponsored by the nonprofit College Board and allows high school students to take college level classes. Fox Lane offers 19 AP courses while John Jay has 20.
When it comes to advanced math classes, Fox Lane is again above the national average. ProPublica reports that 38 percent of Fox Lane students are in advanced math classes such as geometry or trigonometry, more than twice the national average of 16 percent.
John Jay, however, falls short of the national average with 14 percent in advanced placement math. The leading area school for students taking advanced math is Ossining at 56 percent.
According to ProPublica, students who enroll in vigorous courses such as advanced math are more likely to experience academic success in the future.
ProPublica also studied the number of inexperienced teachers in each school. They define inexperienced teachers as teachers in their first or second year and said that teacher experience is an important factor in teacher quality, which has a direct impact on students academic achievement.
At Fox Lane High, only 1 percent of the faculty was considered inexperienced.
ProPublica was the first online newsroom to win a Pulitzer Prize.
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