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July 11, 2011

New Jersey scores relatively high in giving students access to advanced math (16 percent), chemistry (20 percent) and physics (9 percent), but not so great when it comes to Advanced Placement courses only 14 percent, or below the national average), according to a new study by the nonprofit investigative journalism site ProPublica.

The report aims to look at the number of children who are eligible for a reduced or free school lunch under federal guidelines, as well as how many children avail themselves of advanced educational programs to determine whether poor and wealthier schools are offered equal access to advanced classes that will help them later in life.

The state as a whole did above the national average but as might be expected, the difference between poor districts and wealthy districts was a dramatic. To see how your district performed against the state and national average, view the report.

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