Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Office of Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Programs provides communities and youth access to STEM programs. Quality STEM learning opportunities combined with talented teachers can ensure that all students have the chance to learn, study, and be inspired by science, technology, engineering, and math with guidance to reach their full potentials.
The Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) reveals opportunity strengths and deficits nationwide in student access to college and career preparatory coursework and opportunities, as well as disparities in which students are successful in advanced mathematics and science courses and Advanced Placement (AP) courses and tests.
More than one in ten high schools does not offer Algebra I; only about one in two schools offers calculus.
The CRDC reveals disparities in access to high-level math and science courses. While 78% and 83% of the schools serving the lowest percentages of black and Latino students offer chemistry and Algebra II, respectively only 66 % and 74% of schools serving the highest percentages of black and Latino students offer chemistry and Algebra II, respectively.
Eighty-one percent (81%) of Asian-American high school students and 71% of white high school students attend high schools where the full range of math and science courses are offered (Algebra I, geometry, Algebra II, calculus, biology, chemistry, physics). However, fewer than half of American Indian and Native-Alaskan high school students have access to the full range of math and science courses in their high schools.