At Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ) in Fairfax County, Virginia, the percentage of Asian students grew to 68 percent by 2017–18, up from 20 percent in 1995–96—even as the district was engaged in an effort to increase the number of underrepresented black, Hispanic, and low-income students. The pace of growth for Asian students at TJ was much faster than in the district overall, where the percentage increased from 14 to 20 percent during the same span of time. This enrollment trend is not unique to TJ; it is evident at elite high schools nationwide. To learn more, read the full article, “A Stubborn Excellence Gap.”

—Education Next

Last updated July 2, 2018