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ERIC Number: ED475032
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Pages: 41
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The State of Latino Education in the San Francisco Bay Area: A Crisis in Student Performance.
Chacon, Mario
A study examined educational attainment among Latino students in the six-county San Francisco Bay Area. California's Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program results for 1998-99 were used to assess student achievement in reading and mathematics for grades 4, 7, and 10. Data were also collected on enrollment, dropout rates, percentage of graduates that completed California State University/University of California required courses, and numbers of English language learners. The overall educational attainment of Latinos in the Bay Area was among the lowest of all ethnic groups and among the lowest in California. Forty-five percent of the Latino workforce did not possess a high school diploma. The dropout rate for Latinos was more than double that of White students. Only 26.4 percent of Latino high school graduates had completed courses required for admission to state colleges and universities. Some of the root causes of this poor performance were examined, including low expectations of Latino children, poor teacher quality, outdated high school graduation requirements, limited access to technology, low levels of Latino parent awareness of the disproportionate underachievement of Latino children, and dilapidated facilities. Recommendations focus on acceleration, rather than remediation; improved data collection and accountability; early intervention; parent involvement and training; and increased learning time. (Contains 27 references and 18 data tables and figures.) (TD)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hispanic Community Foundation, San Francisco, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California