Wednesday, September 26, 2012

More Latino Students Taking S.A.T.

From the Press-Enterprise:

SAT results released Monday, Sept. 24, by The College Board show that for the first time, Latino students in California [and Texas] public schools represented a larger percentage of SAT test-takers than any other ethnic group, the state announced.

Latinos are the largest ethnic group in public schools in the Inland area.

In 2011-12, Latinos made up almost 60 percent of all students in Riverside County and whites made up almost 34 percent, according to the California Department of Education.

Latinos made up more than 61 percent and white students made up more than 21 percent of all students in San Bernardino County.

The SAT test is taken by high school students interested in attending the University of California, Cal State University and other four-year colleges and universities.

Reflecting the state’s growing diversity, almost 70 percent of California’s public school test-takers in the Class of 2012 were minority students, and of those, 36 percent — or 69,832 students — were Latino. This compares to 29 percent — or 56,590 test-takers — who were white; 22 percent — or 42,121 test-takers—who were Asian; and 7 percent — or 13,101 test-takers — who were African American.

Nearly half of public school SAT takers in California reported that English was not exclusively their first language and that their parents’ highest level of education was a high school diploma or less. Read more...

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