Were your school days the best days of your life? Whether you struggled in school or whether you couldn’t wait until Monday morning, the fact remains that today, the potential of many Hispanic children and young people is not being realized. Too many of our young people are not achieving the academic success they are capable of, through no fault of their own.
Here are some of the trends that El Centro Hispano is working to reverse in our community:
More Hispanic students drop out of school than other ethnic backgrounds. The good news is that the dropout rate is at an historic low (12%), but it is still higher than that of black children (7%), white children (5%) and Asian schoolchildren (1%).
Hispanic children living in poverty are less likely to enroll in nursery school or preschool. Less than 30% of Hispanic children aged between three and five years old are enrolled in nursery school or preschool, compared to 38% of African American children and 33% of white children.
More than one-third (37%) of Latino students attend schools where there is a high degree of poverty.
Fourth grade reading scores for Hispanic students are lower than those achieved by other students. The average 4th grade NAEP reading scores for Hispanic students are 28 points below Asian children and 25 points below white children.
Only 15% of Hispanics aged 25 to 29 have a four-year bachelor’s degree. By comparison, more than 40% of white people, one-fifth of black people and 63% of Asians (aged 25 to 25) have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Latino students achieved lower scores in all areas of the SAT than White, Asian, American Indians, or Alaskan Native seniors.
However, it’s not all bad news - In fact, there is much to celebrate!
During the past decade, there have been double-digit improvements in K-12 performance on National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tests among Latino students. Latino parents are keen to assist their young children with literacy and numeracy skills, with 97% of Latino families teaching their child letters, words, or numbers. Most Latino schoolchildren speak English without any difficulty (of those who are from a home where English is not spoken, 84% of children are confident English speakers). We are proud to share that Latino students are the second largest group represented in gifted and talented education programs (Whites (60%), Latinos (17%), Asians (10%), and African Americans (9%)).
What we want is not just to continue, but to accelerate the improvements that have been taking place, and to reverse negative trends.
You can make a difference to school students in our area by being part of the Cabanillas & Associates Back to School with El Centro Hispano community outreach program. Together, we can ensure that 149 students in our community from kindergarten to sixth grade have the school supplies that they need for the new school year. It doesn’t take much from each of us but it will allow each of these bright students to focus on their studies and continue to excel academically.
If you would like to donate any items, please review the list of needed supplies here and bring them into any of the eight Cabanillas & Associates offices by August 25th. And, please feel free to share this if you know others who may be interested in helping out, too!