New snapshot of America’s changing classrooms: Fewer white and black students; more Hispanics.

I wanted to share a new report released today from the National Center for Education Statistics, “Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Groups, 2017. ”

The report shows a changing American classroom where the percentage of white and black students is falling, while the percentage of Hispanic students is growing. These new demographics will require new classroom strategies as many Hispanic students are classified as English Language Learners, which means schools have to adapt to educating kids who are not native speakers.

Hispanic students also bring the challenges of coming from low-income  households; just under a third live in poverty, according to the report. Thirty-seven percent of  black students live in poverty.

The report looks at current trends, challenges and progress in U.S. schools through a lens of race and ethnicity. The report presents 28 indicators on topics ranging from pre-k through postsecondary education, as well as labor force outcomes.

Main finding: The number of students finishing high school has increased for all students but rate of progress has varied and racial/ethnic gaps persist.

Here is the official summary:

The new report shows that public schools are becoming more racially and ethnically diverse. Between fall 2003 and fall 2013, the percentage of students enrolled in public elementary and secondary schools decreased for students who were White (from 59 to 50 percent) and Black (from 17 to 16 percent). In contrast, the percentage increased for students who were Hispanic (from 19 to 25 percent) and Asian/ Pacific Islander (from 4 to 5 percent) during the same time period.

Other key findings include:

•In 2014, the percentage of children under age 18 living in poverty based on the official poverty measure was highest for Black children (37 percent), followed by Hispanic children (31 percent), and White and Asian children (12 percent each);

•In 2014, about 4.7 million public school students participated in English language learner (ELL) programs. Hispanic students made up the majority of this group (78 percent), with around 3.6 million participating in ELL programs;

•On the NAEP reading assessment, the White-Black gap in scale scores narrowed in Grade 4 from 32 points in 1992 to 26 points in 2015, while the White-Hispanic gap (24 points) was not measurably different from 1992. In grade 8 reading, the White-Hispanic gap narrowed from 26 points in 1992 to 21 points in 2015, while the White-Black gap (26 points) was not measurably different from 1992;

•From 1990 to 2015, the high school status completion rate for 18- to 24-year-olds increased from 59 percent to 88 percent for Hispanic students, from 83 percent to 92 percent for Black students; and from 90 percent to 95 percent for White students. Despite this progress, the completion rates for Hispanic and Black 18- to 24-year-olds remained lower than the White rate in 2015;

•The number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanic students more than doubled between 2003–04 and 2013–14. During the same period, the number of degrees awarded also increased for Black (by 46 percent), Asian/Pacific Islander (by 43 percent), and White (by 19 percent) students; and

•In 2014, among those who had not completed high school, higher percentages of Black and American Indian/Alaska Native adults (both 22 percent) were unemployed compared to White (13 percent), Hispanic (8 percent), and Asian (7 percent) adults.

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BaronDeKalb
BaronDeKalb

Inquiring minds would like to know how America's private schools are doing in diversity? Let's not let them off the hook. I think we all suspect they are less diverse but what are their trends? And then, what is to be done about it?

Lee_CPA2
Lee_CPA2

@BaronDeKalb

Why would we care about a PRIVATE school?    I really don't care about Public school diversity until some educrat starts playing games with school boundaries in order to achieve some sociology experiment.   They've tried the Gerrymander method and it doesn't work.

Lee_CPA2
Lee_CPA2

Politicians have been kicking the immigration can down the road for thirty years.  American citizens have paid for this folly with higher crime rates, overburdened health care (get sick, go to emergency room), ESOL teachers, and welfare ( https://cis.org/Welfare-Use-Immigrant-and-Native-Households ).


Hopefully, Donald Trump can fix the hole in the side of the ship before we sink.

Annie
Annie

This population is the labor force.

Annie
Annie

The Trump hotels just applied for more HB-2 visas. As lon as we need labor, we will have immigrants whose children will need to be educated.

Annie
Annie

Donald Trump has not fixed anything yet and likely can not accomplish any meaningful reform. His businesses use immigrant workers.

alt.AJC
alt.AJC

Has there ever been a time when our classrooms didn't include immigrants, a significant proportion of them Hispanic? And do immigrant mothers suddenly not wish their children to be fully immersed in the culture of their new homeland?

As for race and academic success rates: Single-parent households are far more common among blacks and Hispanics, but less common among whites and Asians.

And therein lies the key.

Starik
Starik

@alt.AJC Hispanics frequently get thrown into segregated black schools. That's where they learn what they think are American values. Last night Channel 2 reported on yet another SW Atlanta murder, and a friend or family lamented what a good guy the victim was: "He had four children and two babymothers."