Study finds students are taking tougher courses
More students nationwide are taking more rigorous courses than they did 20 years ago. The study also shows that students who take more difficult math and science classes likely are to earn higher scores on achievement tests. However, experts say, black and Hispanic students are not participating in tougher courses or achieving at the same level as their white peers.
National Assessment of Educational Progress. (2009). America's high school graduates. Washington, DC: Author.