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Hispanic Drop-Outs Not Getting a GED

This report , which was published in May 2010 by the Pew Hispanic Center, notes that just one out of 10 Hispanic drop-outs gets a GED. This is concerning for two reasons. One, a GED is really the “best ‘second-chance’ pathway to college,” according to Pew. Two, Hispanic students have a higher drop out rate than other students, again, according to Pew.

The latter is certainly true in Colorado. According to the Colorado Department of Education – during the 2008/2009 school year Colorado Hispanic students had a 6.2 percent drop-out rate compared to 2.3 percent for their white peers. In that same year, American Indians had the highest drop-out rate at 6.8 percent.

National drop-out rates are even worse. The following is according to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. In 2008, 18.3 percent of Hispanic students dropped out of high school. In that same year, 4.8 percent of white students did. Between 1980 and 2008, the national Hispanic drop-out rate decreased from from 35.2 percent to 18.3 percent. Nationally, in 2008, American Indians had a drop-out rate of 14.6 percent.

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