As we gear up for a new school year, let’s take a minute to consider the successes–and failures–of the last one!
Latino Students get an A+ in College Enrollment
A Pew report released this May revealed that 69% of Latino high school graduates in the class of 2012 enrolled in college that fall, surpassing their white counterparts by two percentage points.
This positive trend also extends to the rate at which Latino students are dropping out of high school. The same Pew report revealed that only 14% of Latino students between 16-24 dropped out of college in 2011; half the percentage of Latino dropouts documented in 2000 (28%).
The Recession Effect
Interestingly enough, the upswing in college enrollment among Latino youth occurred soon after the 2008 recession hit. According to the Pew Report:
It is possible that the rise in high school completion and college enrollment by Latino youths has been driven, at least in part, by their declining fortunes in the job market. Since the onset of the recession at the end of 2007, unemployment among Latinos ages 16 to 24 has gone up by seven percentage points, compared with a five percentage point rise among white youths. With jobs harder to find, more Latino youths may have chosen to stay in school longer.
Room for Improvement
Despite the advancements made in narrowing the educational gap, Latinos still lag behind their white counterparts when it comes to enrolling in 4-year colleges, gaining acceptance into highly selective colleges, and completing a bachelor’s degree, indicating that there is still plenty of room for improvement.
To read the full report, click here: http://www.pewhispanic.org/2013/05/09/hispanic-high-school-graduates-pass-whites-in-rate-of-college-enrollment/