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Latino strides in education

from Los Angeles Education Partnership

A new report from Child Trends indicates Hispanic children are gaining ground in education, but challenges remain in terms of high rates of poverty, troubling health indicators, and high rates of teen childbearing among the country's 17.5 million Hispanic youth. The overall number of high school dropouts has declined in recent years, but among Latinos the drop is substantial — from 29 percent in 1999 to 13 percent in 2012. The percentage of Latino 8th graders achieving at or above "proficient" in math has increased, from 8 percent in 2000 to 21 percent in 2014. Latinos are now the largest racial/ethnic minority group on college campuses, though progress has not been as steady in regard to college completion. more

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