Chapter 2:

Precollege Education


Overview


Precollege participation in science and mathematics influences participation of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in science and engineering. Current and historical differences in science and mathematics course taking and scores on achievement tests influence current and future participation by these groups in postsecondary science and engineering education and employment.

This chapter examines (1) factors influencing achievement, (2) precollege science and mathematics course taking, (3) mathematics and science achievement test scores, (4) high school completion rates, and (5) college entrance examinations.




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