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  • Black students and Hispanic students are under-represented in the gifted program.

  • White students are over-represented in the gifted program.

  • Asian students are under-represented in special education.

  • Black students and White students are over-represented in special education.

  • Females are under-represented in the gifted and special education programs.

  • Male students are over-represented in the gifted and special education programs.

Advanced Placement Courses

Both high schools offer 10-12 Advanced Placement courses, depending on student enrollment. Three years ago the district provided all students the opportunity to enroll in Advanced Placement courses without prerequisites or teacher recommendation. The district also pays one-half of the student cost of taking Advanced Placement tests. Exhibit 3.5.5 presents the enrollment in Advanced Placement courses and numbers of examinations taken to obtain college credit.

Exhibit 3.5.5 Enrollment in Advanced Placement Courses

Enrollment

Exams Taken

Enrollment

Exams Taken

1995-96

Not Available

34

140

22

1996-97

258

110

256

154

1997-98

252

148

380

203

1998-99

501

198

820

234

1999-00

404

173

734

153

District data

Clover Park School District 1995-2000 Clover Park High School

Lakes High School

Exhibit 3.5.5 shows:

Beginning

with

the

1998-99

school

year,

Advanced

Placement

course

enrollment

increased

substantially. The number of students taking Advanced Placement end-of-course tests has not increased at the same rate. Advanced Placement enrollment data by ethnicity and gender were not available.

Some comments were made during interviews about the district’s progress in making challenging classes available to more students. The following are sample comments:

  • “Five years ago this was a haves and have not district…the school district was run by wealthy people. You could get your student into G/T if you knew the right people.”

  • “We’ve done a lot with instituting criteria for getting into the G/T program...although the program still doesn’t reflect the district (ethnicity).”

  • “The former superintendent wanted AP open to anyone who wanted to do it. As a result, our AP enrollment has grown and we have more diversity in AP.”

Student Discipline Practices

Data were provided to the auditors pertaining to disciplinary actions taken at district schools. Disciplinary actions consisted of emergency expulsion, expulsion, short-term suspension, long-term suspension, and in-school suspension. The auditors reviewed the data to determine if disparities by ethnicity existed in the implementation of these practices.

Clover Park School District Audit Report Page 70

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