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Latino Students Make Strides in Education, Report Finds

Latino Students Make Strides in Education, Report Finds

A new report finds that Latino students are continuing to make strides in education throughout the country.

The report, "The Conditions of Latinos in Education: 2015 Factbook", released by Excelencia in Education, "paints a more accurate profile of Latino students, one spotlighting achievement and countering misperceptions and myths," according to an article on NBCNews.com.

"The conversation about Latinos and education is often very deficit-based, where we're English language learners, we're high school dropouts, and we're illegal immigrants," said Deborah Santiago, vice president at Excelencia in Education and author of the report in the article. "While we still have to address those important issues in our country, the profile of Latinos is one of asset opportunities, growth, improvement and education potential."

The article said the report "shatters the perception that most Latino students are not proficient in English. The reality, according to the data, is that 18 percent of young Latinos in the U.S. are English language learners."

According to the report, "Latinos participate in the workforce at a higher rate than any other racial or ethnic group," the article said.

"So Latinos are active workers," Santiago said. "This perception that Latinos don't want to work or are lazy, we hear so many myths."

Latino high school grads enrolled in college at a higher rate than their white and African American peers, and an overwhelming majority of Latino parents say they expect their child to continue their education beyond high school. Latinos represent a fast-growing and youthful segment of all students in U.S. public schools. In 2011, they represented 24 percent of public school enrollment. They are projected to be 30 percent by 2023. With a population of 53 million, Latinos were the second largest racial or ethnic group in the United States in 2012.

"When we look at the progress Latinos are making, we try to bring attention to those successes, not to negate there's work to be done," Santiago said in the article. "I don't negate we have to address ELL and English language issues. Those are absolutely critical, but if the only action we take is around those, we are addressing a minority of Latinos, not the majority."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor

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