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Differentiated College-Prep Course Access: An Analysis Of Colorado Public Schools, Alexandra Wolk Jan 2015

Differentiated College-Prep Course Access: An Analysis Of Colorado Public Schools, Alexandra Wolk

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This thesis makes the case that the United States has an education system that provides different access to different kinds of students. More specifically, this paper questions whether or not students have differentiated access to classes that would realistically prepare them for and help them get accepted to college. The question this thesis attempts to answer is: Are schools systematically shunting low socio-economic status students into non-college tracks compared to students with higher socio-economic statuses? Through original data collection and data obtained from a case study it is clear that there is an achievement gap between low income and high-income ...