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Peeling Back Layers of Ethnicity to Learn More About Students

By Rashid F. Davis

Kirk Semple’s recent article in The New York Times about the high dropout rate among Mexican students compared with other groups raises more questions that are worth asking about achievement among different ethnic groups in New York City.

Most of the conversations we have had about the dropout rate and the achievement gap have been about broader ethnicities — blacks, whites, Hispanics and Asians — because this is the way the schools in New York City and the state break down the graduation data. Those conversations have not been about intra-ethnicities or about nonimmigrants versus immigrants.

Mr. Semple has peeled back the ethnicity onion that has many layers. He provided information for six major immigrant groups: Mexican, Dominican, Chinese, Jamaican, Guyanese and Ecuadorean.

Continued at: http://www.nytimes.com/schoolbook/2011/12/09/peeling-back-the-ethnic-onion-to-learn-more-about-students/?ref=education

Review the data: http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2011/11/25/nyregion/25mexicans-graphic.html?ref=nyregion

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