ERIC Number: ED338761
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The Status of Latino Students in Massachusetts Public Schools: Directions for Policy Research in the 1990's. Publication No. 90-01.
Wheelock, Anne E.
This paper focuses on educational policy issues in Massachusetts of concern to Latinos in areas of retention and achievement, with a goal of recommending policy research. Nationally, Hispanic American students are not served by current educational initiatives. Rather, this group bears the brunt of the dropout rates and low school achievement levels. Statewide statistics indicate that Latino students are likely to be placed in low-status courses and tracked outside of access to exam schools or college preparatory courses, raising doubts that Latino students have equal access to education. In addition, students who have been retained in one grade and students from non-English speaking homes tend to drop out of school. The following four tasks are suggested in response to the above findings: (1) create a voice for the interest of Latino students that requires policy makers to acknowledge the extent of Latino underachievement and disengagement; (2) assess the extent to which Latino students have access to programs designed to improve student achievement and retention; (3) define excellence in education for Latino children; and (4) continue to search for solutions already in effect through review of the literature. Data are displayed in 13 tables. This paper contains 43 references. (JB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Access to Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Dropouts, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, High Risk Students, Hispanic Americans, Policy Formation, Public Schools, School Holding Power, Social Status, Spanish Speaking, Urban Education
Mauricio Gaston Institute, University of Massachusetts-Boston, Healey Library, 10th Floor, Dorchester, MA 02125 ($12.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Researchers
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Boston. Mauricio Gaston Inst. for Latino Community Development and Public Policy.
Identifiers: Latinos; Massachusetts