Latino Students : The Latino Population

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The Hispanic population is one of the fastest-growing minority populations in the United States. Despite their growing number and the great strides taken to narrow the academic gap, students learning English as a second language remain among the most educationally disadvantaged groups in the country. Madrid states that, “poor academic achievement of Latino students is indicative of a complex, multifaceted problem that must be addressed because as the Latino student population continues to grow, their poor achievement especially in mathematics and reading has significant implications not only for California’s public educational system, but also for the state’s and nation’s social, political, and economic future.”(2011). Schools across the country, both those that have served Hispanic students for many years and those that have new and growing populations, must take steps to improve the likelihood that Hispanic students reach the same high standards expected of all students. There is a growing body of research that Hispanic students can achieve, but it will require additional modification and support from the school and community. In the United States, students from linguistically and diverse groups continue to fall behind Caucasian students in academic achievement. The purpose of this paper is to address the educational needs of Hispanic students and provide strategies that will help these students and educators face these challenges. The first strategy is to offer
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