More Secondary Students Complete Calculus But Not Much Achievement Gap Closing

A recently-entered research study investigates the consequences of academic intensification for social stratification in American high schools, particularly focusing on inequalities in access to higher-level math courses such as calculus. The authors found that, rather than eliminating the tiered and socially unequal track structure of American high schools, the trend toward academic intensification over the past several decades has reproduced that hierarchy at a more advanced level.


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