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ERIC Number: ED506791
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Latino Students and U.S. High Schools. Fact Sheet
Alliance for Excellent Education
The U.S. Census Bureau projects that by the year 2050, about 50 percent of the U.S. population will be African American, Hispanic, or Asian. These relatively youthful minority populations--Hispanics in particular--will drive demographic growth and diversification well into the twenty-first century. Nearly five million Latino students were enrolled in America's public schools in the 1993-94 school year. By 2005-06, that number had doubled. Over the past two decades, the percentage of Latino students in U.S. elementary and secondary schools has grown significantly, while the percentage of white students has declined and that of African American students has held steady. This demographic reality and its impact on the future economic and social well-being of the United States is one of many reasons why it is imperative to educate these students to high standards. However, current statistics demonstrate that there is a wide achievement and attainment gap that must be bridged before that goal is met. This report presents the available data on the following issues concerning Latino students: (1) graduation, dropouts, and preparedness; (2) schools, segregation, and teacher quality; and (3) special, gifted, and college preparatory education. (Contains 30 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alliance for Excellent Education, Washington, DC.