Latinos Now Largest Share of SAT Scores in California

2012 | | November 13, 2012 at 8:36 am

SACRAMENTO—SAT® results released by California GEAR UP Partner The College Board show that for the first time, Latino students in California public* schools represented a larger percentage of SAT test-takers than any other ethnic group. Reflecting the state’s growing diversity, nearly 70 percent of California’s public school test-takers in the Class of 2012 were minority students, and of those, 36 percent—or 69,832 students—were Latino. This compares to 29 percent—or 56,590 test-takers—who were white; 22 percent—or 42,121 test-takers—who were Asian; and 7 percent—or 13,101 test-takers—who were African American. “It’s wonderful to see the diversity of California reflected among our highest-achieving students and those who have their sights set on a college education,” Torlakson said. Nearly half of public school SAT takers in California reported that English was not exclusively their first language and that their parents’ highest level of education was a high school diploma or less. Some 194,425 California public school students—or 50 percent—of seniors in this year’s class took the test at some point during their high school careers, which is a 2 percentage-points gain from last year and an 8 percentage-point gain over 10 years, The College Board data showed. Check out the blog for the rest of the article.

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