The Majority Report

The Majority Report: Supporting the Educational Success of Latino Students in California” provides an extensive look at how the state’s largest ethnic group is faring at every level of California’s education system. The report finds that while the over 3 million Latino students in K-12 schools are the majority of California’s 6.2 million K-12 population, and nearly 1 million Latino students are in California’s public colleges and universities, these students continue to face troubling inequities from early learning through higher education. California’s Latino students:

  • Attend the nation’s most segregated schools;
  • Are often tracked away from college-preparatory coursework;
  • Are sometimes perceived as less academically capable than their White or Asian peers; and
  • Have insufficient access to early childhood education;
  • Are less likely to feel connected to their school environment;
  • Are more likely to be required to take remedial courses at colleges and universities.

The study also highlights bright spots throughout the state where promising practices are helping Latino students advance academically, dispelling the myth that these gaps cannot be closed, and reiterating the need for more action and urgency from state leaders. Several programs in the Inland Empire were highlighted including:

Reduce barriers to family engagement with schools Across Val Verde Unified, every traditional high school hosts a family resource center. The district also provides a bilingual family engagement center that provides everything from assistance with financial aid forms  to courses on health, parenting, computer literacy, and ESL for parents. Last year, over 7,000 parents participated in events through the district family engagement center.

Support counselors Riverside County Office of Education created the Riverside County Education Collaborative to pilot college-going interventions with five focus districts and three higher education partners, and then scaled what works county-wide. One initiative, the School Counselor Leadership Network, brings together high school counselors to collaborate and share best practices.

Expand dual enrollment At Rancho Cucamonga High School in San Bernardino County, about 150 students enrolled in Chaffey College through dual enrollment. One of the school’s counselors brought the application, orientation, and assessment process in-house. Two community college classes are now offered on the high school campus during the year, and an additional course offered in summer.

Article courtesy of the Education Trust-West.