Latino Educational Equity: A Web Based Index and a Compendium of Best Practices in Latino Education in the United States
Ready, Timothy; Soltero, Sonia; Rosario, Jose R.; Rosario, Christine Wedam; Rosenbaum, James
University of Notre Dame, Inst. for Latino Studies, IN.
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This document describes the Web-based Latino Educational Equity Index (latinostudies.nd.edu/equityindex), which is intended to present a more balanced view of educational gaps than is possible from viewing educational achievement data alone. The index juxtaposes achievement data with information about access to in-school resources and exposure to out-of-school factors known to correspond to learning outcomes. There are two modes of viewing the index: the indicator view and the state view. In the indicator view, the various states are ranked relative to each other and to the national average according to the size of the gaps between Latinos and non-Latino whites for various indicators of achievement and exposure/access to in-school and out-of-school learning resources and environments. There are nine achievement indicators and nine learning-resource and environment indicators. The state view presents a summary description of the status of Latino and non-Latino white students for each state with regard to the various indicators. The document also contains three essays written to accompany the index. The information in these papers on best practices is intended to help guide efforts to improve learning outcomes for Latino Students. The essays are: (1) "Immigrants, Latinos, and Education in the United States" (Sonia Soltero); (2) "Latino Families, Communities, and Schools as Partners in Education: Best Practice Models and Why They Work" (Jose R. Rosaio and Christine Wedam Rosario); and (3) "Work Readiness, Skill Development, and Signaling Processes" (James Rosenbaum). (Each chapter contains references.) (EV)