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The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2014: Pacific Islander Students - Of the 5,676 Pacific Islander high school graduates who took the ACT, only 24 percent met at least three of four ACT College Readiness Benchmarks. From 2010 to 2014, the number of Pacific Islanders taking the test remained steady. While 83 percent of the class of 2014 said they planned to go to college, 33 percent reported planning to earn a graduate or professional degree. (ACT, August 2015)...

Decreasing Dropout Rates for Minority Male Youth with Disabilities from Culturally and Ethnically Diverse Backrounds - Although graduation rates have improved for students of color and students with disabilities, more work needs to be done. This monograph explores the problems of high school dropout rates among American Indian, African American, and Latino males with disabilities. Crucial changes that must be made are offered, including an infusion of cultural competence into all aspects of education.(Susan Faircloth, Ivory Toldson and Robert Lucio, Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities, September 2014)...

Falling Out of the Lead: Following High Achievers Through High School and Beyond - Tens of thousands of students of color and students from low-socioeconomic backrounds start high school in the top quarter of all students in math and reading. However something happens in those four years. They leave high school with lower AP exam rates, lower SAT/ACT scores and lower GPAs than their high-achieving white and more advantaged peers. Schools can serve these kids better, authors say. (Marni Bromberg and Christina Theokas, Education Trust, April 2014)...

Early Care and Education for Children in Immigrant Families - This issue of "The Future of Children" journal includes an article on immigrant families' access to early care and education programs. The authors find that while the gap seems to be narrowing, immigrant children are still significantly less likely to participate than their native-born peers in center-based early childhood programs. They note that given the body of research showing the benefits of high-quality early education for English language learners and immigrant children, this persistent trend can negatively impact both these children and society. (Brookings Institution/Princeton University, Spring 2011)...

Key Readings on Policy Levers to Promote Social Inclusion and Respect for Diversity in Early Childhood - To help early childhood programs more effectively serve an increasingly ethnically-diverse population, the National Center for Children in Poverty produced a list of key readings for policy makers and program administrators that help them examine practices in workforce and leadership development, accreditation and quality improvement, learning standards and child assessments. (Mariajose Romero, National Center for Children in Poverty, July 2010)...

Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Minorities - This report examines the educational progress and challenges of students in the U.S. by race/ethnicity. It shows that over time, the numbers of students of each race/ethnicity who have completed high school and continued their education in college have increased. Despite these gains, the rate of progress has varied, and differences persist among Whites, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders, American Indians/Alaska Natives and students of two or more races in their performance on key indicators of educational performance. (National Center for Education Statistics, July 2010)...

Educational Crisis Facing Young Men of Color: Reflections on Four Days of Dialogue on the Educational Challenges of Minority Males - This startling report details something we cannot ignore. It is clear that American males are not completing high school or college at acceptable rates. Something is going on in American communities and classrooms at both educational levels to produce these disparities--common across all racial and ethnic categories. This report calls attention to the current circumstances but also provides a hopeful perspective on how the nation might make real progress in addressing the underlying issues. (The College Board, January 2010)...

Breaking Down Barriers: Immigrant Families and Early Childhood Education in New York City - This report from the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families details the challenges that immigrant families have in tapping into New York City's early education system, including linguistic barriers, limited availability of full working-day programs, and misperceptions about eligibility criteria. (Rasmia Kirmani and Vanessa Leung, The Coalition for Asian American Children and Families, May 2008)...

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