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Martin Meraz Garcia

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Chicano Education


The focus of this research paper is on the education gap of Latino/a students, between the ages of 18 and 24 compare to White students. According to the U.S Department of Education, about 82% of Latino/as graduated with a diploma or received a GED from high school, compared to the 92% of the White demographic. While the high school graduation rates among Latinos has improved significantly over the last fifteen years, there still need to be further efforts to close the achievement gap. Preliminary research suggests that poverty rates among Latino/a families affects the quality education they receive and whether or not a successful transition into a college or university occurs. This study relies on scholarly sources as the method of analysis to draw the conclusion regarding the relationship between poverty rates and educational achievement of Latino students.