Latinos do better in school, but still lag

Education Week’s Diplomas Count 2012 looks at Latinos’ School Success: A Work in Progress.

The public school graduation rate rose to 73.4 percent for the class of 2009, 1.7 percentage points higher than the previous year and a 7-point rise over the decade, the report finds. Latinos gained the most, rising 5.5 points to a 63 percent graduation rate. African-American graduates increased by 1.7 percentage points to 59 percent.

But Latinos’ 63 percent graduation rate is still far short of the national average — and farther still from non-Hispanic white students’ average graduation rate. And, despite some success in recent years at narrowing the gap separating them from white students on national tests of reading, mathematics, and science, Latino students’ performance on those tests also falls below the national average.

More than 90 percent of Latinos under 18 were born in the U.S., Ed Week reports.

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