This report provides a snapshot of current educational outcomes of Latino students in the city of Fall River. 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 Fall River Public Schools, with a growing Latino student population and a shrinking White and African-American/Black student population. The second section compares the performance of Latino students in Fall River on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests with the performance of all students statewide and other ethno-racial groups in Fall River revealing substantial and persistent gaps in pass rates. 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. These comparisons show that, despite disparities in gradation and dropout rates, the gap between Latino and White students has been shrinking over recent years.
Berardino, Michael, "Latinos in Massachusetts Public Schools: Fall River" (2013). Gastón Institute Publications. 183.
The Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy
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