Study: El Dorado School District ranks well despite high poverty

Despite high poverty rates locally, the El Dorado School District fared surprisingly well in a Pro Publica comparison of 39 of the largest districts in the state as part of a nationwide project.

Though 62 percent of students in the district receive free or reduced lunch (traditionally a standard for measuring poverty rates) as compared to the 54 percent state average, El Dorado still beats out the state average when it comes to the number of students enrolled advanced math, gifted programs and physics.

However, El Dorado falls vastly short in the chemistry department (8 percent to the state’s 20) and 9 percent behind the state in the percentage of students taking at least one AP course.

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