ERIC Number: ED446195
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Sep
Creating the Will: Hispanics Achieving Educational Excellence. A Report to the President of the United States, the Secretary of Education, and the Nation.
President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans (ED), Washington, DC.
This report provides data on the current educational condition of Hispanics from early childhood through graduate and professional education. It also offers strategies for multiple sectors, parents, schools, communities, the private sector, and the government, to improve Hispanic educational achievement. The majority of policy decisions on education are made at the state and local level. However, the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans also recognizes the role of the federal government in eliminating the educational achievement gap among Hispanics and other groups. Hispanics today are the youngest population group in the United States, and they represent approximately 15 percent of the U.S. K-12 population. It is expected that by 2050, Hispanics will represent approximately 25 percent of the population in the United States. Though the Hispanic population continues to grow, its educational achievement lags behind that of the rest of the United States. The differences in preparation between Hispanics and non-Hispanics become evident before kindergarten and continue through high school and college. The multiple factors that have caused the educational achievement gap between Hispanic students and their peers require multiple solutions. A concerted action plan must begin with a sense of urgency and the recognition of the vested interest and responsibility of all sectors to improve the education of Hispanic youth. The following factors are essential: high academic standards and the necessary resources to enforce those standards; experienced and qualified teachers; recognition and use of the diverse cultural and linguistic assets of Hispanic students; parent involvement; a culture of success that promotes high expectations; and financial and other support services to make postsecondary education accessible to Hispanic students. (Contains 34 endnotes.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans (ED), Washington, DC.