Our School systematically checks who is taking college pathway classes* and makes plans to address an imbalance. Proportionality is not only checked by ethnicity, but also socio-economic status, first-generation status, and other relevant sub-groups.
Data are not gathered or made available to decision makers.
Data are gathered and available to decision makers, but action is reliant on decision makers to take initiative to ask for the data. It is not routine or expected
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Data are routinely gathered and provided to a team that analyzes proportionality. This is done for many opportunities and classes, not just junior and senior prep courses. Process includes action plans for addressing any disproportionality and includes consistent monitoring.
Statistically Alaska Natives are underrepresented in college preparation classes. This can happen as early as middle school with a lower representation in courses that are designed to feed into a college pathway. A key first step is for schools to systematically use data, across grade levels, to become aware of their own tendencies that may reveal unintentional bias practices.
To address the gap for Alaska Natives, schools must additionally focus on data by socio-economic status. If schools heighten their racial awareness yet only put into place actions that further engage Alaska Native students from higher socio-economic backgrounds or parents with college degrees, the gap will remain. American Indian/Alaska Native students not only lag behind their White peers in advanced class participation, they have the largest discrepancy gap between high income and low income students of any ethnic group. (Pierson & Hodara, 2019)
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In 2013, Alaska Native students represented 18.8% of the Alaska graduating class, but only 5.7% of Advanced Placement exam takers (College Board Alaska Supplement, 2014)
Dual Credit participation rate of American Indian/Alaska Native students lagged behind their White peers and had the largest discrepancy gap between high income and low income students in their ethinic group (Pierson & Hodara, 2019)