This report provides a snapshot of current educational outcomes for Latino students in the city of Everett. It is based on publicly available data from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MADESE) that have been analyzed for the community by the Gastón Institute. Using the ethno-racial categories assigned by MADESE, the report focuses on demographic trends and the most recent educational outcomes of Latino students relative to other ethnoracial groups in the school district and to students statewide. The report has three sections:
The first section illustrates the demographic shift occurring in the Everett Public Schools. Enrollment has been shrinking among White students while the number of Latino students has almost tripled and the number of African-American/Black students has doubled, resulting in a dramatic demographic shift in the district.
The second section compares the performance of Latino students in Everett on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests with the performance of all students statewide and other ethno-racial groups in Everett. Despite persistent disparities in outcomes, Latino students in Everett have made improvements on the Grade 10 English Language Arts, Math, and Science/Technology/Engineering tests, narrowing the achievement gap with White students in the district.
The third section shows Latino graduation, dropout, and college enrollment rates, relative to other students in the district and to all students statewide. Here too, while the data show marked discrepancies between Latino students and other ethno-racial groups in Everett, there have been improvements over the past ten years, especially in college enrollment rates.
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Berardino, Michael, "Latinos in Massachusetts Public Schools: Everett" (2015). Gastón Institute Publications. 198.