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This report examines the educational status of Hispanic Americans, presenting indicators illustrating recent educational gains and existing gaps. Data come from National Center for Education Statistics published reports as well as other federal agencies and organizations. There are four sections with eight chapters. Section 1, "Demographic Overview," includes (1) "Demographic Characteristics." Section 2, "Preprimary, Elementary, and Secondary Education," includes (2) "Participation," (3) "Persistence," (4) "Academics and Achievement," (5) "Social Environments and Parental Support for Learning," and (6) "Student Behaviors." Section 3, "Postsecondary Education," includes (7) "Participation and Context." Section 4, "Outcomes of Education," discusses (8) "Labor Market and Social Outcomes." Much of the recent rise in minority enrollment is attributed to growth in the Hispanic student population. Hispanics have retention and suspension/expulsion rates higher than those of Whites and lower than those of Blacks. They have higher dropout rates and lower graduation rates than Whites or Blacks. While their test scores were higher in 1999 than in 1970s, they were still lower than those of Whites. Over 50 percent of Hispanic students speak mostly English at home. Hispanic college enrollment increased between 1980-2000. There is a positive relationship between education and salary for all racial/ethnic groups, though incomes for Hispanic men are lower than those of white men at most educational levels. (Contains 28 bibliographic references and 76 tables.) (SM)

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Access to Computers, Adult Education, Adult Literacy, Age Differences, Attendance Patterns, Child Health, College Bound Students, College Entrance Examinations, College Faculty, Dropout Rate, Early Parenthood, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Enrollment Trends, Grade Repetition, Hispanic American Students, Infant Mortality, Labor Market, Language Minorities, Outcomes of Education, Parent Influence, Population Trends, Postsecondary Education, School Choice, Social Environment, Special Education, Student Behavior, Substance Abuse, Suspension, Violence, Voting

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Autor: Llagas, Charmaine


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