This report provides a snapshot of current educational outcomes of Latino students in the city of New Bedford. 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 New Bedford 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 New Bedford on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests with the performance of all students statewide and other ethno-racial groups in New Bedford. 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 New Bedford have made especially large improvements on the Grade 10 ELA and Science tests.
Berardino, Michael, "Latinos in Massachusetts Public Schools: New Bedford" (2013). Gastón Institute Publications. 184.
The Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy
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