ERIC Number: ED506054
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Reference Count: 9
The Condition of Latinos in Education: 2008 Factbook
Santiago, Deborah A.
Excelencia in Education (NJ1)
Too often, conversations about Latinos in education are based on ignorance. Put simply, ignorance is "not knowing." As often as not, people in these conversations assume they know more than they actually do--based on individual experiences or cliches shared by others--rather than on data. Excelencia in Education addressed this by providing timely information about the condition of the fast growing and young Latino population in education. For us, ignorance abatement is a first step towards taking action to accelerate student success. Data about the current condition of student educational achievement establishes a baseline from which to measure performance over time. Data also helps stakeholders determine educational priorities for action or select reform strategies to improve specific areas of educational achievement. However, data are only as good as they are used to compel and inform action. This factbook synthesizes national and public data in a series of one-page fact sheets that provide a snapshot of the educational progress, strengths, and areas of need of Latino students throughout the education pipeline as well as select educational issues. Recognizing education as the primary means to strengthen human capital, this factbook also includes a fact sheet on Latinos in the workforce and a spotlight on Hispanics in law enforcement. These snapshots are not intended to cover the breadth of issues related to each segment of the educational pipeline. It is our hope that these fact sheets can spark further conversation and a more critical examination of Latinos in the educational pipeline. While concise, these fact sheets provide reference tools for today's diverse stakeholders and can be used to inform data-driven discussions about their efforts to improve Latino educational achievement. (Contains 4 footnotes.)
Descriptors: Human Capital, Academic Achievement, Law Enforcement, Education Work Relationship, Hispanic American Students, Misconceptions, Access to Education, Equal Education, Educational Practices, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Postsecondary Education, Graduate Study, Undergraduate Study, Two Year Colleges, Bachelors Degrees, Masters Degrees, Associate Degrees, Doctoral Degrees, Paying for College, Minority Group Teachers, College Faculty, Science Education, Technology Education, Mathematics Education, Engineering Education, Immigrants
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Sponsor: United States Secret Service, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Excelencia in Education