Study Shows Latino Students Lag Behind White Students in Math
According to a new study by The Education Trust-West, four Bay Area counties show the largest achievement gaps between Latino and white students in California. The report’s goal was to determine the achievement gap between Latino students and white students across California using the most recent state test scores from last year. Researchers found the majority of public school students in California are Latino. Specifically in the Bay Area, about one in three people under the age of 25 are Latino. However, the study uncovered that there isn’t a single county in the state where the majority of Latino students are proficient in math or English language arts.
Researchers say the gaps in English language arts are comparable, but Latinos lag far behind in math compared to whites. According to the study, the Bay Area counties with the largest achievement gaps in math include: San Francisco (46 percent), Marin (44 percent), San Mateo (43 percent) and Santa Clara (43 percent). A press release for the study stated that these gaps can be closed with the help and urgency from state leaders. The results of this study are sad to read, but this will hopefully motivate people to help close the achievement gap.