OCR does not currently collect information on accelerated or special focus academic programs. There is, however, some evidence to indicate that such programs have an under-representation of minorities and girls. In addition, information on magnet schools could be used to determine whether these schools are useful in promoting desegregation.
The FRSS survey asked districts whether specific academic programs offerings were available at their districts. The list of programs included magnet, gifted and talented, advanced placement, and honors programs (Table 4 and Table 4 Continued). Four out of five districts(81 percent) offered gifted and talented programs (Figure 6). Slightly more than half of the districts offered advanced placement programs (54 percent) and honors programs (53 percent). Only 5 percent* have magnet programs.
Large districts, urban districts, and Southeastern districts were more likely to offer the various academic programs. For example:
For those programs offered. districts were asked to indicate whether they could report enrollment information by student characteristics such as race/ethnicity, sex, disability, and LEP status (Table 4 and Table 4 Continued). More districts said they could report enrollment information by sex than by the other classifications (Figure 7). At those districts offering gifted and talented programs. for example, 94 percent said they were able to report enrollment information by sex, 87 percent by race/ethnicity, 84 percent by disability, and 82 percent by LEP status.