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Volume 19, Number 6
November/December 2003

Latino Achievement

How to Close the Gap


Despite the continuing gap in academic achievement between Latino students and their white peers nationwide, some schools, districts, and states are making notable progress in closing the gap, according to a recent summary and analysis of test scores compiled by the Education Trust, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group that works to improve academic opportunities for K-16 students.

The group's researchers analyzed recent information from a wide variety of national and state education sources, including National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results, U.S. Census statistics, funding data from the U.S. Department of Education, and state education databases. The organization then identified schools and districts with large numbers of minority students and students in poverty achieving at a high level. For example, for the past three years, 7th- and 8th-grade ­students at the Hambrick Middle School in Aldine, Tex., have scored in the top fifth of the state's middle schools in both reading and math statewide assessments. The school is 71 percent Latino and 85 percent poor.

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For Further Information

For Further Information

Education Trust. Latino Achievement in America. Washington, DC: Author, 2003.

Education Trust. The Funding Gap Report (2003). Washington, DC: Author, 2003.

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