The New York Times reports that more high schools across the nation are offering Advanced Placement courses to help students get into college and get ready for its academic rigors. In the process, however, many minority students who often need help most urgently are missing out. Some 15,000 of the nation’s 24,000 high schools, or 62 percent, offered one or more AP courses in 2006, up from 57 percent in 2000, according to an annual report issued this week by the College Board, which runs the program. Still, African-American students, who made up 14 percent of the student population last year, were only 7 percent of the participants…

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/07/education/07ap.html?_r=1&ref=education&oref=slogin