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Advanced course completion in magnet and comprehensive high schools: A study in Nevada's Clark County School District

Does a student's chance of completing an advanced course in high school differ based on whether he or she attended a magnet or comprehensive high school? Does the relationship between students' prior achievement and the likelihood of completing an advanced course differ between magnet and comprehensive high schools?

A newly published REL West study, conducted in collaboration with Clark County School District in Nevada-the fifth largest school district in the country-addresses these questions. Given the study's findings, disticts and state administrators could explore factors that might contribute to students' completion of advanced coursework, including the number and breadth of courses offered, the degree to which students receive support in enrolling and taking advanced courses, and the attitudes of teachers, counselors, parents, and students about students' likelihood of success in these courses.