California Targets Latino Achievement Gap

Latino students make up a third of California’s higher education student population — a million students in total. Another 3.3 million Latino students attend the state’s K-12 public schools, exceeding the total student populations for every other state except Texas. Almost all Latino youth under the age of 18 — 95 percent — were born in the United States.

While the educational outcomes for these students have improved in recent decades, according to a new report from the Education Trust – West, there’s still plenty of room for progress. For example, among all ethnic groups, “Latino adults are least likely to have a college degree.” While that share was 10 percent in 2005, it had only inched up to 11 percent by 2015.

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