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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

Hispanic enrollment doubled in 20 years

The number of Hispanic students has nearly doubled in the last 20 years, and now makes up 22.7 percent of enrollees from preschool through college, according to a new Census report.

Graduation rates have risen sharply for Hispanic students, reports Marilyn Garateix on the Education Writers of America site. “In 1996, 35 percent of Hispanics ages 18 to 24 had not completed and were not enrolled in high school. By 2016, the figure had plummeted to 9.9 percent, 4 points higher than the national average of 6.4 percent.”

More Hispanic students are enrolling in college, especially low-cost, open-admissions community colleges, but graduation rates are low.

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