Hispanic Education Is American Education

The Department of Education recently released a report about education and Hispanic students. According to an Associated Press article in Diverse Issues in Higher Education:

Changing demographics mean challenges facing Latino students are of importance to the entire nation, a senior U.S. Department of Education official presenting a report in Miami said Wednesday.

Latinos are the largest minority group in America’s public education system, numbering more than 12.4 million in Pre-K through high school, according to the latest enrollment figures available. Nearly 22 percent of all Pre-K through 12 students enrolled in America’s public schools is Latino. Still, Latinos lag behind other groups in many indicators and have the lowest levels of education attainment.

The trouble is that the lowest levels of education achievement might soon become simply the levels of achievement.

With continuing increases in the size of America’s Hispanic population, in fact, it might soon become strange to suggest any difference at all between the quality of Hispanic education and the quality of American education as a whole.

The Hispanic population in the United States has increased by 15.2 million since 2001. That’s more than half of the nation’s total population growth during the period.

Read the Education Department report here.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer