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ERIC Number: ED506715
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct-7
Pages: 35
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
Latinos and Education: Explaining the Attainment Gap
Pew Hispanic Center
This report presents the results of The 2009 National Survey of Latinos, which asked Hispanics ages 16 and older about their educational goals, experiences with high schools and colleges, and their opinions about educational institutions. The survey was conducted from Aug. 5 through Sept. 16, 2009, among a randomly selected, nationally representative sample of 2,012 Hispanics ages 16 and older, with an oversample of 1,240 Hispanics ages 16 to 25. The survey was conducted in both English and Spanish. Among the findings were that nearly nine-in-ten (89%) Latino young adults say that a college education is important for success in life, yet only about half that number--48%--say that they themselves plan to get a college degree, according to a new national survey of Latinos by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center. The biggest reason for the gap between the high value Latinos place on education and their more modest aspirations to finish college appears to come from financial pressure to support a family, the survey finds. Other key findings include: (1) Hispanics say a college education is important for getting ahead in life; (2) Latino youths report that their parents place a great emphasis on the need to go to college; (3) Educational aspirations of Hispanic youths do not match the level of importance Hispanics place on college, and trail those of all youth; (4) According to Census Bureau data, Latino youths are less likely to be enrolled in school than all youths; (5) Latino adults (ages 26 and older) see a mix of reasons that Latinos students do not perform as well as other groups in school; (6) Fewer Latino youths (ages 16 to 25) than Latino adults cite all of these reasons to explain why Hispanic students are not doing as well as other students in school; (7) Latino youths generally give positive evaluations of their high schools and the roles their parents play or played in their education; (8) Latino youths ages 16 to 25 in college, or with college experience, also rate their colleges and universities highly; and (9) Among Latino youths who have a high school education or less and are not currently enrolled in school, the reasons they give for not continuing their education are: nearly three-quarters (74%) say they need to help support their family; half (49%) say their English skills are limited; more than four-in-ten (42%) say they didn't like school; four-in-ten (40%) say they cannot afford to go to school; almost four-in-ten (39%) say they don't need more education for the career they want; and more than two-in-ten (21%) say their grades were not high enough. Appended is the 2009 National Survey of Latinos Topline. (Contains 12 figures.) [This report was prepared for the Latino Children, Families, and Schooling National Conference sponsored jointly by the Education Writers Association, Pew Hispanic Center and National Panel on Latino Children and Schooling. The conference was held on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009 at the Pew Hispanic Center in Washington, D.C.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pew Hispanic Center