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What are the highest-level math and science courses that 9th graders are taking?

The majority of students (81%) of students who were 9th graders in 2009 were on track to complete algebra I by the end of 9th grade.

Biology is the most common science subject students take in ninth grade; nearly 40% of ninth graders were enrolled in biology in 2009.

Key Observations

  • Nearly 50% of students in the highest SES quintile reported taking a course above algebra 1 compared with just 18% of students in the lowest SES quintile.
  • More than one-fourth of students in the lowest SES quintile (27%) reported no science enrollment compared with 11% of students in the highest SES quintile.
STEM Education Data and Trends 2014
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