This report provides a snapshot of current educational outcomes of Latino students in the city of Brockton. It is based on publicly available data from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MADESE) that has been analyzed by the Gastón Institute for the 2013 Latinos in Massachusetts Regional Meeting in New Bedford. This report uses the ethno-racial categories assigned by MADESE. It focuses on the evolving demographic trends and the most recent educational outcomes of Latino students relative to other ethno-racial groups in the school district. The first section illustrates the demographic shift occurring in the Brockton Public Schools, with a growing Latino and African-American student population and a shrinking White student population. The second section compares the performance of Latino students in Brockton on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests with the performance of all students statewide and other ethno-racial groups in in Brockton. The third section shows Latino graduation and dropout rates, and college enrollment rates, relative to White students in the district and to all students statewide. The second and third sections show that despite disparities in outcomes, the achievement gap between Latino and White students has been shrinking over recent years. Latino students in Brockton have made especially large improvements on the Grade 10 ELA and Math tests. Furthermore, the MCAS, graduation, and college enrollment outcomes for Latino students in Brockton are superior to the outcomes for Latino students statewide.
Berardino, Michael, "Latinos in Massachusetts Public Schools: Brockton" (2013). Gastón Institute Publications. 182.
The Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy
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