This report provides a snapshot of current educational outcomes for Latino students in the city of Revere. 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 Revere Public Schools. Even as enrollment has shrunk among White students, the number of Latino students has almost doubled in the past ten years.
The second section compares the performance of Latino students in Revere on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests with the performance of all students statewide and other ethno-racial groups in Revere. While slight disparities remain, the achievement gap between Latino and White students has been shrinking substantially in recent years. Latino students in Revere have made especially large improvements on the Grade 10 English Language Arts, Math, and Science/Technology/Engineering tests.
The third section shows Latino graduation, dropout, and college enrollment rates, relative to White students in the district and to all students statewide. Here too, while the data show marked discrepancies between Latino and White students in Revere, they also show a narrowing of the gaps in recent years. The Latino graduation rate has notably risen, and the decline of the Latino dropout rate has been equally clear.
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Berardino, Michael, "Latinos in Massachusetts Public Schools: Revere" (2015). Gastón Institute Publications. 201.