It's time to address the Latino education achievement gap, Miami-Dade College president writes
Hispanics are on their way to becoming the majority in the United States. Yet their academic achievement continues to lag. It's a crisis in the making that leaders must tackle, write Miami-Dade College president Eduardo Padron and College Board president Gaston Caperton.
"Today, the United States is poised to become a majority-minoryt nation by 2050, with Hispanic Americans leading the way. In fact, Latino youth now represent the largest minority group in our K-12 schools and they are the fastest growing segment of students. However, they also represent the largest group of students dropping out of high school and, according to a new study released by the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center, only 19 percent of Latino students graduate from college.
To put that in perspective, the national average is around 41 percent. Making matters worse, the report also found that 45 percent of Latino students who make it to college will require some remediation. These students are rapidly falling behind. Our challenge — as educators, as parents, as Americans — is to summon the will to give them the support they need to achieve their full potential."