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Research Report

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This report provides a snapshot of current educational outcomes for Latino students in the city of Salem. 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 Salem Public Schools. The number of White students in the district has been steadily declining, while the number of Latino students has increased.

The second section compares the performance of Latino students in Salem on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests with the performance of all students statewide and other ethno-racial groups in Salem. This section shows that despite improvements among Latino students – especially on the Grade 10 English Language Arts, and Science/Technology/Engineering tests – disparities persist with White students in Salem.

The third section shows Latino graduation, dropout, and college enrollment rates, relative to other students in the district and to all students statewide. Latino students in Salem have a higher graduation rate and lower dropout rate than White students in the district and all students statewide, but enroll in college at a lower rate than these groups.

Community Engaged/Serving

Part of the UMass Boston Community-Engaged Teaching, Research, and Service Series.



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