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Latino dropout rates have significantly declined from 32 percent in 1990 to 12 percent in 2013, according to a new report by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
The report also shows a growing trend in college enrollment among Latinos. In 2013 Latinos represented 17 percent of undergraduates compared to 6 percent a decade ago.
“Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Groups 2016 is the latest in a series of reports since 2003 on educational progress—from preschool through graduate school—among different groups. It draws on surveys and administrative records from students, teachers, school, local and state education agencies, and colleges and universities. Data sources include the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the Common Core of Data maintained by NCES, and several U.S. Census Bureau surveys,” AIR wrote in a press release.
Other key findings include:
- Besides enrolling at greater rates, Hispanic and black students also showed increases in college completion. The number of Hispanics receiving bachelor’s degrees more than doubled between 2002-03 and 2012-13 while the number of degrees conferred to blacks increased to 54 percent, and the number of degrees conferred to Asian/Pacific Islanders to 48 percent. Other groups showed smaller increases.
- Black students account for 28 percent of public charter school students, but only 15 percent of the students in traditional public schools. Hispanic students also enroll in charter schools at a higher rate than in traditional public schools (29 percent vs. 24 percent).