Essay Educating Hispanic Students

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Educating Hispanic Students Education is the key to individual opportunity, the strength of our economy, and the vitality of our democracy. In the 21st century, this nation cannot afford to leave anyone behind. While the academic achievement and educational attainment of Hispanic Americans has been moving in the right direction, untenable gaps still exist between Hispanic students and their counterparts in the areas of early childhood education, learning English, academic achievement, and high school and college completion. Hispanics will represent more than one-quarter of school-age children in the United States by 2025. These children are more likely than others to be educationally and economically disadvantaged.…show more content…
[ 6 ] 1998 15% 33% Percentage of eighth graders who scored at or above the proficient level on the mathematics section of the NAEP test. [ 7 ] 1996 9% 24% Students' average mathematics SAT score. [ 8 ] 1999 458 511 Students' average verbal SAT score. 1999 457 505 Goal 2: Eliminating the Gap in High School Completion Increase the high school completion rate for Hispanic students. KEY OUTCOME INDICATORS: Baseline Year Hispanic National Percentage of 18- to 24- year olds who had either a high school diploma or a GED. [ 9 ] 1998 63% 85% Percentage of students ages 15 to 24 in grades 10-12 who were enrolled in high school the previous October but were not enrolled and had not graduated by the following October. [ 10 ] 1998 9% 5% Percentage of students ages 16 to 24 born outside the U.S. [ * ] who were not enrolled in school and did not complete high school. [ 11 ] 1997 39% 24% Percentage of first generation [ * ] students aged 16-24 born within the U.S. who were not enrolled in school and did not complete high school. 1997 15% 10% Goal 3: Incresing Postsecondary Completion Increase the percentage of Hispanic Americans who earn associate's and bachelor's degrees. KEY OUTCOME
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