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If having a high percentage of Asian students resulted in higher scores, you would expect that the higher the bar in the first two charts, the higher the scores.  As you can see, this is not the case.  Also, the third chart (with Beverly Hills High School's position shown in red strongly suggests that this is at most a minor factor.  The number of data points and their degrees of variation from the trendline in the third chart strongly suggest that we are not being held back by a shortage of Asians.

Pay particular attention to the values for Walnut Valley and Fremont -- both districts have high percentages of Asian students, but relatively low scores.  Also, Arcadia has over 50% Asian students, but relatively low scores.  Furthermore, Oak Park has relatively few Asian students, but fairly high scores.

I would also note that, in general, the Asian students in some of these districts have significantly higher scores than the Asian students in our district.  Indeed, the non-Asian students in some of these districts score higher than our Asian students.

I would also consider the analysis on the SAT website, which suggests that Asian students score higher in Math, but the differential is almost entirely offset by lower scores in Verbal skills.  Click here to go to such website:  Official SAT website.

To summarize, I believe that this is a factor in explaining why our scores are lower than most of the comparison districts, but only a minor factor.

District

% asian

HS API

Arcadia

54.00%

795

BHUSD

10.70%

820

Culver City

10.20%

649

La Canada

26.10%

858

Las Virgenes

7.60%

821.5

Palos Verdes

29.30%

840

San Marino

64.40%

868

Santa Monica

5.60%

738

S. Pasadena

31.10%

790

Walnut Valley

44.50%

747

Piedmont

19.90%

906

Fremont

30.00%

736.4

Palo Alto

18.10%

868.5

Oak Park

6.20%

846

Laguna Beach

1.90%

822

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