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Report Finds Hispanics Face Unique Challenges

NEA's Report on the Status of Hispanics in Education: Overcoming a History of Neglect (  PDF, 633KB, 90pp) finds that Hispanic students often face unique challenges in student achievement, influenced by the fact that Hispanics have poverty rates that are two to nearly three times higher than Whites; Hispanics cite Spanish as their dominant language and more than 20 percent say they do not speak English or do not speak English well; and 40 percent of the Hispanic population is foreign born.

Some of the report's key findings include:

  • While the high school completion rate among Hispanics rose between 1970 and 2004, it still lags far behind the completion rate of Whites. The same holds true for the college completion rate among Hispanics.
  • Hispanic student scores in the National Assessment of Educational Progress between 1990 and 2005 improved in math and reading, but not enough to close the large gaps between them and White students. Most troubling, less than half of Hispanic fourth-graders have achieved a basic level of reading performance on NAEP.