Virtually every key educational performance indicator today shows that, despite race or economic level, America’s students overall are performing substantially worse today than they were 25 years ago. What this means for Hispanics is that there is a “double disconnect.” Latino students are victim to the systemic across-the-board decline in educational achievement within our public education system and also suffer from English language hurdles, assimilation concerns, reduced expectations, and denied access to educational opportunities that exist for children of greater economic means.
By 2050 Hispanics are projected to be the largest population group in the United States; however, the current educational outlook for Latinos is bleak.
- In 2005, 49 percent of Hispanics in 4th grade attended high poverty schools, in comparison with only 5 percent for White non-Hispanics.
- In 2005, 73% percent of 4th grade Hispanic students were eligible for the free or reduced-price school lunch program in comparison to only 24% of Whites.2
- The national high school graduation rate for Hispanics is 53 percent versus 78 percent for Whites (2003-2004).3
- 61 percent of Hispanics age 25 and older attained a high school diploma compared to 89 percent of non-Hispanic White students (2007).2
- Only 12.5 percent of Hispanics age 25 and older attained a bachelor’s degree compared to 30.5 percent of non-Hispanic Whites.
The social impact of the current status of educational access for Latinos in the United States is substantial.
- In 2007, 55 percent of Hispanic households, in comparison to 68.2 percent of non-Hispanic White households earned $35,000 or more.
- The real median income of Hispanic households in 2005 was $35,967.
- 21.7% of Hispanics live in poverty, compared to 9.3 percent of non-Hispanic Whites.
- Teen pregnancy rates for Latinas are more than double that of White, non-Hispanics. The rate per 1,000 females aged 15-19 was 134 for Hispanics and 48 for White, non-Hispanics.
- Educate and empower parents and caregivers of K-12 school-age children to become effective advocates and partners in their children’s education through innovative, culturally and linguistically competent, technologically friendly, programming.
- Educate and empower elected officials and business leaders with information issues pertinent to the parental choice movement.
|1.This data, unless otherwise noted, is from the National Center for Education Statistics. Status and Trends in the Education of Hispanics. www.nces.ed.gov
|2.U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Conditions of Education, 2005
|3.High School Graduation Rates in the U.S., Jay P. Greene, Ph.D., Manhattan Institute, November 2001
|4.U.S. Census Bureau, 2004 Hispanic/Latino Profile, The Office of Minority Health, 2007