More classes, more access? Understanding the effects of course offerings on black-white gaps in advanced placement course-taking

Awilda Rodriguez, Keon M. McGuire

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Abstract

Despite policy efforts to increase Advanced Placement (AP) course-taking among Black students, gaps in AP course-taking persist. Many question whether offering more AP courses is a sufficient policy solution. However, few studies have examined the effect of course offerings on disparities within racially diverse high schools. Using national school-level data from the Office for Civil Rights and an instrumental variable approach, we estimated the effect of AP course offerings on within-school Black-White gaps in AP course-taking. We found an additional AP course increased the Black-White AP gap in schools by 1.1 percentage points, net of other variables.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)641-679
Number of pages39
JournalReview of Higher Education
Volume42
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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