New Study Highlights Latino Achievement Gap

Aug 27, 2013

High School students in a summer math class at the Community College of Rhode Island's Providence Campus.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

As thousands of students return to school this week, the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University is raising concerns about how Rhode Island serves Latino students.

The institute has put out a new study that finds the state’s Latino students are two to three grades behind their white peers in Mathematics. The report also says Rhode Island is in the bottom 10 states around the country when it comes to the overall gap between Latino and white student performance. 

The Latino Policy Institute is urging state leaders to take action, noting the Latino student population is growing and already represents a major demographic in several urban areas. Changes recommended in the report include improving programs for students learning English and hiring more Latino teachers and administrators.

In case you missed it, here's my interview with Latino Policy Institute Director Ana Cano-Morales.