Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2007795/Achievement-gap-Hispanic-white-students-unchanged-decades.html#ixzz1QJZfjpWySobering report shows education achievement gap betweenHispanics and whites remains unchanged in two decadesBy Daily Mail ReporterLast updated at 5:15 PM on 24th June 2011The Hispanic-white educational achievement gap has remainedwide over the past two decades, according to a new report bythe Department of Educations statistical centre that aDepartment statement calls "sobering."The report released on Thursday by the National Centre forEducational Statistics showed that since the 1990s, scores in mathand reading for Hispanic students have increased but the gapbetween Hispanic and white students on the National Assessmentof Educational Progress has persisted.U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said: Race and ethnicityshouldnt be factors in the success of any child in America.
Little change: While academic scores have risen, the gap between white andHispanic students remains, a new survey showsHispanic students face grave educational challenges that arehindering their ability to pursue the American dream.The NCES compared data on the achievement gap betweenHispanic and white public school students in grades 4 and 8 at thenational and state levels over the past two decades to 2009, themost recent assessment year, Reuters reports.The national average of achievement gaps between Hispanicand white students at grades 4 and 8 in mathematics and readingis roughly 20 points on the 500-point NAEP scale, according to thereport.
Comprehensive: The National Centre for Educational Statistics covered moststates and spanned nearly decadesHispanics are the fastest-growing population in the United States,and Hispanic students are now the largest minority group in U.S.schools.From 1990 to 2009, the national Hispanic student populationincreased from six per cent to 22 per cent at grade 4, and fromseven per cent to 21 per cent at grade 8, according to the report.Pew Hispanic Center Associate Director Mark Lopez said that bytheir projections, Hispanics will comprise 30 per cent of the nationspopulation by 2050.
According to Lopez, one of every five of those at school-goingage is Latino.The number one issue Latinos are concerned about is education -above jobs, health care, and immigration," said Mr Lopez, noting aPew survey from fall 2010.Five states and districts had smaller-than-average achievementgaps in both subjects and grades: Department of DefenseEducation Activity schools, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri andWyoming.Slowly improving: The study concentrated on students in grades 4 and 8 andfocused largely on reading and mathematics
Two states - Connecticut and California - had a gap larger thanthe nation for both grades in math, and for grade 4 in reading.Delia Pompa, senior vice president for programs for the NationalCouncil for La Raza, said that such factors as poverty, lowexpectations and language hit Hispanic students hard andcontribute to the persistence of the achievement gap.The NCLR is the largest Latino advocacy organization in thecountry.We dont have a choice as a nation," said Miss Pompa.As this population is larger and then also becomes a larger part ofthe workforce, its important for everybody that these children beeducated well and be prepared to be productive workers andcitizens.
Geography lesson: The study broke down the results in statesThe report included just short of all 50 states at each grade andsubject.Some states, like West Virginia, did not have enough Hispanicstudents for a reliable sample.In other states, the Hispanic public school student population hassurpassed that of whites.In California, the District of Columbia, New Mexico, Texas andArizona, Hispanic public school students outnumber white publicschool students for one or both of the surveyed grades.
Growing population: The percentages the increase in Hispanic students who arenow the largest minority group in U.S. schoolsThe report also compared data for specific groups such as thoseeligible for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).Over 70 per cent of Hispanic students at grades 4 and 8 areeligible for the NSLP, as compared to less than 30 per cent of whitestudents.The gap between Hispanic and white students eligible for the NSLPhas also grown smaller since 2003, but the gap between Hispanicstudents eligible and not eligible for NSLP is smaller than thatbetween the same groups of white students.Low Hispanic education attainment levels arent just a problem forthe Latino community," said Juan Sepulveda, director of the WhiteHouse Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. EveryAmerican has a stake in this.Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2007795/Achievement-gap-Hispanic-white-students-unchanged-decades.html#ixzz1QJZfjpWy