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New data shows Latino students’ work paying off on closing the achievement gap

LatinaLista — It seems Latino students are getting the message that a high school diploma is the first step in having a successful future. The latest findings from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics reveals that Latino students, and other students of color, are improving their graduation rates and narrowing the achievement gap.

“The hard work of America’s educators, families, communities and students is paying off. This is a vital step toward readiness for success in college and careers for every student in this country,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “While these gains are promising, we know that we have a long way to go in improving educational opportunities for every student – no matter their zip code – for the sake of our young people and our nation’s economic strength.”

According to the findings, Latino students registered a 4.2 percent increase in their graduation rates since 2010, falling right behind Native Americans who improved their rates and now stand at 4.7 percent. When it comes to the white-Latino achievement gap, Latino students are on track narrowing the difference.

Latino students improved from 13 percent in 2010-2011 to 11.4 percent in 2012-2013.

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