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June 20, 2013

Study: Only 20 Percent of Latino Students in Silicon Valley High Schools Meet Requirements for State Universities

Only 20 percent of Latino students in the Silicon Valley graduate from public high schools in four years with the necessary college prep courses to enroll in state universities, according to a new report on public schools in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. For African American students, the proportion is 22 percent.

The report was released Wednesday by the education group Innovate Public Schools, which is funded by the Walton Family Foundation and Silicon Valley Community Foundation to advocate for improvements in charter schools and public district schools.

While the education gap is not new, the data highlights a lack of homegrown talent prepared to help offset the state's projected shortage of 2.3 million college-educated or technically trained workers by 2025.

About 38 percent of K-12 public school students in Silicon Valley are Latino, according to the Innovate Public Schools report. Roughly 4 percent of public school students in the region are African American or Pacific Islander.

The report also shows that minority students tend to fall behind by middle school, since proficiency levels for Latino and African American students drop off sharply by eighth grade.
Among the public schools that best prepared students of all races for college are affluent districts with lower proportions of minority students, like Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High and Palo Alto Unified. Charter and district schools in the Alum Rock area also had higher rates of Latino student college readiness.

At public schools in districts including Sunnyvale, Berryessa and San Mateo-Foster City, however, only about 10 percent of Latino students achieve proficiency in algebra by eighth grade, according to the Innovate Public Schools data.

To read the complete study, click here.

Source:  Innovate Public Schools.