Latino Student Performance in Idaho Lags Behind White Peers

Latino Student Performance in Idaho Lags Behind White Peers

October 27, 2019

Despite being recognized as “critical to Idaho’s economic future,” the success of Latino students in the state continues to lag behind their peers, according to this piece in Idaho EdNews. “The number of Latino student in Idaho schools has nearly doubled in the past two decades,” however, lower average test scores, fewer postsecondary degrees, and a “significant achievement gap between white and Latino youth” continue to indicate that efforts to improve Latino student performance are failing to gain traction. While the Idaho State Department of Education has set a long-term goal to improve Latino outcomes and shrink the achievement gap, in compliance with the Every Student Succeeds Act, it “left the strategy for reaching that goal to districts and schools.”