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ERIC Number: EJ1074850
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Pages: 1
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
And the Survey Says…
White, Susan C.
Physics Teacher, v53 n7 p400 Oct 2015
We noted last month that Hispanic and African-American seniors were less likely to have taken a high school physics course than their peers, and we suggested that socioeconomic status (SES) played a role in the lower participation. Often the proportion of students receiving free and reduced-price meals (FRMs) is used as a measure of SES in secondary education; however, we found that this measure did not differentiate very well between schools at the upper end of the socioeconomic spectrum. To help us understand both ends of the SES scale, we ask principals and teachers to assess the economic situation of their students relative to others in the area. We have found that this tracks well with FRMs on the low end and helps us distinguish between schools on the upper end. This figure displays the number of seniors in public high schools attending a school where physics is never offered by SES. While the number of seniors is roughly one-third in each SES group, over half of the seniors attending a school where physics is not offered are at "worse off" schools. Next month we will look more closely at physics by SES.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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