More Black High School Students Are Taking the Advanced Courses in Science Required for Admission to Our Top Colleges and Universities

Advanced science courses such as Chemistry II or Physics II are essential if black high school students want to compete for places at high-ranking colleges and universities. According to a new report from the Department of Education, black students are making good progress in this area.

In 1982, 7.8 percent of black high school seniors were enrolled in an advanced science course. By 1992 the percentage had edged up to 10.7 percent. But over the next decade the percentage of black high school students in advanced science nearly doubled. In 2004, 21.3 percent of all African-American high school seniors were taking an advanced science course.