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Here are some of the first facts but make sure you check out LTF to get them all:
- 45 percent of 2011 U.S. high school graduates are ready for college-level math.
- 30 percent of 2011 U.S. high school students are ready for college-level science.
- 26 percent of 2009 U.S. students took Algebra I before high school. (Up from 20 percent in 2005.)
- Only 12 percent of black students and 17 percent of Hispanic students took Algebra I before high school in 2009. But, 48 percent of Asian students took Algebra I before high school in 2009.
- In 2009, 34 percent of American fourth grade students, 30 percent of eighth grade students, and 21 percent of twelfth grade students performed at or above the proficient level in science.
- 9 percent of Hispanic and 10 percent of black U.S. students took advanced Algebra or calculus in 2008, compared to 22 percent of white students and 43 percent of Asian students.
- 27.6 percent of AP test takers in the class of 2011 earned a qualifying score on a STEM exam.
- 27 percent of 2011 test takers took an AP science exam and 26 percent took an AP math exam.