In 2013, half of Americans younger than 5 were minorities.
by Arturo Varela
08/10/2015 - 09:20
American students more diverse than ever
By Arturo Varela
August 10, 2015
American students as a whole are more diverse than ever, according to a compilation of data that the Pew Research Center published today and which revealed the following:
Since 2000 there has been a large increase in the number of states where at least one-in-five public school kindergartners are Latino. In 2013, half of Americans younger than 5 were minorities, according to the Census Bureau.
The U.S. Department of Education projected that minorities would outnumber Whites at public schools by fall 2014, due largely to the growth of Latino and Asian children born in the U.S.
In 2012, more than three-quarters of Latinos and Blacks, and six-in-ten Asians, attended majority-minority schools. In contrast, just 17.1 percent of Whites attended a school where minorities made up at least half of all students.
In 2012, the average Latino student attended a school that was 56.8 percent Latino; the average Black student attended a school that was 48.8 percent Black, and the average White student attended a school that was 72.5 percent White, according to the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles.
In 2013, America’s high school dropout rate reached a record low of 7 percent down from 12 percent in 2000. The dropout rate among Latinos dropped from from 32 to 17 percent, while the rate for Black students fell from 15 to 8 percent.