Texas Education Agency Creates Bilingual Materials for Latino Parents


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Latinos have made great strides in education over the past decade. More and more Latinos are graduating from high school; dropout rates are at all-time lows, and even more are attending colleges and universities for the first time ever.

Historically, one of the major obstacles in the way of Latinos attaining academic success have been language barriers. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has designed a new STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) report card that will share end-of-year test results that are bilingual and constructed in an “easy-to-understand format.”

These report cards are mailed to parents and they can use their child’s unique code to log in and learn more at the Texas Assessment Management System website. There are practical resources for parents to help their children based on their current test results.

The site, including resources, links, and videos, is also in Spanish.

“We are providing even more information in Spanish than ever before, but we’re not done,” said TEA Commissioner Mike Morath in an interview with, The Monitor. “Spanish-speaking parents are full partners in their children’s education, and we are committed to providing all STAAR report cards and test resources in Spanish next year.”

Education has proven to be one of the most important measures of a person’s long-term success. Education impacts where people live, the wage they earn, access to more resources, and their overall health.

Learn more about the link between education and health for Latinos in these stories:

  • Changes in science standards in Calif. look to ⬆️ #Latinos in STEM fields. #SaludAmerica #SaludEducation http://salud.to/2q7qqFB
  • Latino kindergarteners often face a double-dose of obstacles in learning language. #SaludAmerica #SaludEducation https://goo.gl/LhCTPb
  • A study from @ChildTrends says #Latino kids start school 3 mos. behind in math! #SaludAmerica #Education http://salud.to/2ooKfry

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