Latinos are the largest ethnic minority group in the Southwest and the fastest growing in the United States. More than one-third of Latino students are English Language Learners and they consistently perform poorly on state tests and have lower graduation rates than Whites and Asians, according to Department of Education data. In this ongoing series, the Fronteras Desk explores the Latino achievement gap in education throughout the Southwest. We also look at how states and school districts are looking beyond federal guidelines and are creating innovative solutions to close the gap.
Below are the stories aired on NPR's Morning Edition with related discussions on KNPR's State of Nevada.
The Latino Gap: Moms & Daughters Learn Keys To College Success
January 27, 2012
The Arizona State University Hispanic Mother Daughter Program helps create college bound Latinas, and smarter moms.
The Latino education gap doesn't seem to apply to girls: Latinas attend college and graduate at a much higher rate than males. As part of an ongoing series, we look at a program that helps young Hispanic girls and their mamas.
On KNPR's State of Nevada: Arizona State University program takes Family Approach for Getting Latinas into College
The Latino Gap: Preschool Helps, But Not Enough Are Enrolled
January 30, 2012
Studies show a Nevada preschool program helps close the achievement gap for Latino students. As part of an ongoing series, we look further into the program, which serves only 2 percent of the state’s 4 year olds. And there is no funding to expand it.
On KNPR's State of Nevada: A Push for Better Early Education in Nevada
The Latino Gap: A Club's Model To Encourage Educational Achievement
February 6, 2012
Community service, political activism and mentoring are helping some Latino students close the achievement gap at Rancho High School in Las Vegas. It is part of an ongoing series exploring the Latino education gap.
On KNPR's State of Nevada: Politics and Community Service Help Rancho Students Get to college
The Latino Gap: The Latino Gap: Not Quite Trilingual
California, Arizona, and Massachusetts have all replaced bilingual education with an English immersion model. This was supposed to help close the achievement gap. But by most measures, it hasn't. In the finale of our series, we follow one student through five years of English-only classes and find that she's still struggling to communicate, in any language.
On KNPR's State of Nevada: English-Only Immersion Programs: Why They Don't Work
The Latino Gap: Dual Language Programs Offer Hope
California voters called for a virtual end to bilingual education. But things have changed. As part of our ongoing series, some educators believe an increasingly popular model of bilingual teaching can help close the Latino education achievement gap.
On KNPR's State of Nevada: (Coming Soon)