California’s Latinos Now a Majority, Lagging in Academic Achievement

Fox News, December 22, 2013

As Hispanics surpass white Californians in population next year, the state becomes a potential model for the rest of the country, which is going through a slower but similar demographic shift.

But when it comes to how California is educating students of color, many say the state serves as a model of what not to do.

In California, 52 percent of the state’s 6 million school children are Hispanic, just 26 percent are white. And Hispanic students in general are getting worse educations than their white peers. Their class sizes are larger, course offerings are fewer and funding is lower.

The consequence is obvious: lower achievement.

Just 33 percent of Hispanic students are proficient in reading in third grade, compared with 64 percent of white students. By high school, one in four Hispanic 10th graders in California cannot pass the high school math exit exam, compared with 1 out of 10 white students.

And while overall test scores across the state have gone up in the past decade, the achievement gap hasn’t changed.


Nationally, an achievement gap is also showing up as Latino enrollment has soared from one out of 20 U.S. students in 1970 to nearly one out of four, and white students account for just 52 percent of U.S. first graders.

“We’re falling behind,” said Antioch University Los Angeles provost Luis Pedraja. “Ultimately we will face a crisis where a majority of the U.S. population will be economically disadvantaged, which will reduce their spending power and contribution to taxes and Social Security, impacting all segments of society and our country’s economic health.”


Jackie Medina, a 4th and 5th grade teacher who has been teaching for nine years in Watsonville, said test scores may also not reflect actual achievement if they’re requiring native Spanish speakers to test in English. A local leader in the California Association of Bilingual Educators, she teaches about topics like immigration in her classroom so her students get relevant curriculum that relates to them, in both English and Spanish.

“All educators want high achievement of all of our students,” she said. “We need to have a paradigm shift and look at how we’re educating this large population, incorporating their native language.”


Gov. Jerry Brown hopes to flip what he calls “a funding system that is overly complex, bureaucratically driven and deeply inequitable” with a budget change phased in over several years that will funnel more money to low income and non-English students.


All too often, black and Latino students are disproportionally taught easier material than white or Asian kids, said Alan A. Aja, who teaches Latino studies at Brooklyn College.

“No one wants to see themselves as racist,” Aja said, “but educators have this ingrained belief that black and Latino kids are cognitively inferior and they lower expectations. It’s racialized tracking. So if they assume these kids are going to underachieve, if they assume they don’t have capacity to tackle hard topics, well, no wonder there’s an achievement gap.”


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  • bubo

    If you want to see what LA will look like in a hundred years or so rent the movie Elysium. Basically a barren, dirt covered wasteland populated with gibberish speaking mestizos living in favelas.

    • Tracy Fox


      ☵☵☵ ☵☵☵ ☵☵☵

      • Manaphy

        Such intelligence.

    • Nathanwartooth

      That movie is insanely accurate about how I view the future of America.

    • withcaution

      Or just cross the border.

  • Puggg

    Come on, this is so stupid. “Black and Latino students are disproportionally taught easier material than white or Asian kids.” Okay, let’s send all the black and latino kids out of their trying to pass Algebra I for the fourth time in four years into the room where they’re doing Calculus.

    • bigone4u

      One attractive “white Hispanic” Mexican girl I knew had taken REMEDIAL algebra TEN times at the community college in San Antonio and still not passed. One seventh grade ESL class taught by an old girlfriend was filled with Mexicans born in the USA who could not speak English and seemed incapable of learning it. A Chinese boy from China was placed in her class and in two weeks had mastered basic English. Conclusion: Many Hispanics are stupid.

      • willbest

        My schools growing up served areas where Asians liked to settle when their fathers were assigned to work in the area. Japanese and Taiwanese mainly but a couple Koreans. The kids came over with the English language abilities of about a 2-3 year old, and within a year were technically proficient and many barely had accents after a 2 years. The ones coming over later did get tripped up on a lot of the idioms.

        Contrast that with the Hispanic kids which would spend a decade or more in the ESL rooms.

    • Mike Conrad

      Now that’s a visual: Diversity Attempting Calculus.

      Stand back… there could be an explosion of some sort…

  • Ella

    “Just 33 percent of Hispanic students are proficient in reading in third grade, compared with 64 percent of white students.” This is nothing to brag about for White students. Literacy rates are at least 98% plus in most Northern and Central European countries. The Left has been dumbing down Whites students successfully.

    • Erasmus

      Nature has endowed Latinos with the brains to be dishwashers, janitors and gardeners, but little else beyond menial jobs. America, go to LA if you want to say “Hola!” to your 3rd world tomorrow today,

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        If you want to see what your state will look like in 25 years, come to California.

        • newscomments70

          More like 10 years or so.

      • Terra Magnum Imperium

        There is a reason a lot of Hispanics are named Manual, first part of Manual Labor.

    • Pro_Whitey

      The findings might be skewed to the extent that the whites remaining represent those who could not escape Mexifornia. Also, you don’t need any minorities around to know that one disruptive kid, if unchecked and unremoved, can screw up the learning of all kids. Imagine how much worse it gets when you have a majority of disruptive, stupid, unchecked kids. Ugh.

  • Erasmus

    When you allow low-skilled, low-intelligence people into your country, don’t be surprised when their kids and grandkids don’t turn out to be rocket scientists.
    I don’t worry about Islamo-fascists harming us. It’s our perennially stupid, nation-destroying “leaders” in Washington who are the biggest threat to this nation’s citizens.

    • Sick of it

      I’ve yet to elicit a worthwhile response as to how poor, and frankly incapable, muslims thousands of miles away are more of a threat to this country than the millions of immigrants flooding our nation.

    • willbest

      Nonsense. All the land north of the Rio Grande in the western hemisphere is a magic place where your IQ goes up 15-20 points just for being there.

  • bigone4u

    San Antonio is a mirror of LA. Even the president of the big public university, a Mexican born in the USA, has trouble speaking and writing English, probably because his IQ is about 90. Math was out of the question for him.

    The university began a drive to race replace white faculty and students with Mexicans a decade ago. In many ways the university descended into chaos, with students reporting drug deals going down in the back of their classrooms, heavily tattooed Satan worshippers everywhere, and the word “f***” heard constantly, apparently the ultimate command of the English language many of them were capable of.

    In fairness to Mexicans, until the university hired an administration from the left side of the bell curve and began bringing in left siders, the Mexican students were fully capable. I think the one-third capable reported in this article mirrors my experience at the Hispanic university.

    • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

      Indios vs. mestizos vs. Spanish descent. Left, middle and right of the Bell Curve. Most of the illegals and their anchors are Indios.

      • Brian

        Spanish descent = ‘criollo’.

        • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

          I was going to use that term, but so few people use it correctly – they confuse it with “creole” – that it’s meaning is not widely understood.

  • Mike Conrad

    Who knew that importing half the Third World would make the USA into a Third-World Country too? I mean, who could have predicted this??

  • Luca

    Take these hispanic kids and give them DNA tests, the ones who will pass will be the ones with more European DNA. Send the rest to trade school and stop wasting everyone’s time and money. Stop blaming lack of funding and overcrowded classrooms and stop lamenting about the problems of a language barriers and racial perceptions, they get the same dismal results in their home countries where they are native speakers.

    • IstvanIN

      Send them to trade school? Nitwits can not perform skilled trades unless you want your car to never run right, get electrocuted when you turn on an exhaust fan, have your pipes burst and water heater explode, and all your basic infrastructure to crumple faster than it is now. They are good for manual labor, tops.

      • kris

        Tell me about it I had a Spanish speaking guy put my steering wheel on askew. I like to watch those “Flip This House” shows on HGTV, every single episode, the Mexican immigrant workers screw up something royal. The homeowner yells at them, but hires them back for the next job! Why? My family members in Silicon Valley hire Mexicans to clean and do gardening. I have never, ever seen such stupid headed people work ever. One guy has trouble with a leaf blower. Why hire people who can’t even do basic cleaning?? There is a HUGE problem in this country: the problem is not immigration alone. It is the importation of POVERTY and unskilled morons. They can’t find decent jobs that pay, so they become dependent on handouts. They take up all of the low skilled entry level jobs that black ex convicts and teenage kids used to get. Those jobs are all gone. This is why so many black men are out of work. Why arent the black men marching on Washington about this?? If I were a black man I would be FURIOUS.

        • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

          Why arent the black men marching on Washington about this??
          Because they got what they always wanted to begin with – a life of idleness on the dole.

        • IstvanIN

          Latin America wouldn’t be such a mess if mestizos were competent.

          As for the common refrain “send them to trade school”, that boils me because they are implying that tradesmen don’t need brains, which is very far from the truth.

  • So CAL Snowman

    “All too often, black and Latino students are disproportionally taught
    easier material than white or Asian kids, said Alan A. Aja, who teaches
    Latino studies at Brooklyn College.”

    And yet even with the easier curriculum they still FAIL on a massive scale.

    ““No one wants to see themselves as racist,” Aja said, “but educators
    have this ingrained belief that black and Latino kids are cognitively
    inferior and they lower expectations.”

    Oh please in CA ALL of the public schools are run by Latino administrators and have an abundance of Latino teachers. Just wondering, how are those test scores in Mexico and Central America compared to the test scores of the mexicans and central americans in the Former USA?

    • ViktorNN

      You’re comment is so true.

      Hispanics run more and more of CA, they’re already a majority in running things in LA, most schools in LA county are majority hispanic run by hispanic teachers and administrators. And guess what? Their kids are still failing.

    • Erasmus

      Mr. Aja teaches “Latino Studies.” I’ll wager he never went higher in math than elementary algebra.

      Blacks and Latinos fail in remedial classes. Putting them in classes to try to learn material for which they’re not prepared would only slow down the other students.

  • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

    It’s exceedingly unlikely that “funding is lower” in Silicon Valley and yet:

    In Silicon Valley, even high-achieving schools fail Latinos, report says
    May 29, 2013
    By Sharon Noguchi
    San Jose Mercury News


    “In the Sunnyvale elementary district, where 82 percent of Asian students become proficient in algebra, only 10 percent of Latino students do.”

  • Rick Brooks

    Political correctness has destroyed America’s crown jewel of California. PC is deadly.

  • dd121

    These reports must be wrong. We’re all equal, don’t cha know.

  • odious liberal

    A model of failure.

  • DudeWheresMyCountry?

    Jackie Medina, a fourth and fifth grade teacher spends class time talking about immigration? Most of these kids are morons in any language, having moronic teachers isn’t helping.

    • ViktorNN

      She’s a prime example of one source of where anti-white hatred comes from – in this case it comes from institutionalized indoctrination coming from anti-white/pro-hispanic activists like Medina.

  • The excuse-makers don’t address the one non-White group (Asians) that are beating everyones ass [academically].

    • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

      I won’t praise Asians here, but their experiences do highlight the stupidity of liberal arguments about lousy ghetto schools and inequality of school funding. There was an interesting book a couple years ago called “Chinese Girl in the Ghetto” by Ying Ma. The author was brought to the USA as a child, and not knowing any better, her parents bought the cheapest house they could afford – in Oakland, CA. She attended these “lousy ghetto schools”, and lo and behold, excelled; proving of course that it ain’t the schools, it ain’t “institutionalized racism” (she faced plenty of the non-institutionalized variety from blacks) that holds blacks back. It’s genetics, and the anti-intellectual culture that arises from those genetics.

      • Now I get it!
        Blacks are denied access to rickshaws?

  • Truthseeker

    Before you know it, California will be 100% Latino, but they’ll still be finding ways to blame their third-world state’s problems on “racism.”

    • IstvanIN

      Hopefully we will have cut it lose by then.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        What makes you think your state will escape the colonization of the U.S. by Mexicans and Central Americans?

        • Alexandra1973

          Interesting about West Virginia there. Seems instead of there, the illegals are in surrounding states.

          Maybe they’re afraid of gun-toting rednecks!

          • fuzzypook

            My dad’s side of the family is from WV. I plan to retire there. We go there for family reunions. It is pure heaven! It’s beautiful and no diversity!

        • IstvanIN

          Where did I ever say my state, NJ, would escape??

  • libertarian1234

    “33 percent of the state’s Hispanic third graders are proficient in reading, compared to 64 percent of whites.”

    It’s hard for me to believe that only 64% of white kids in the third grade are proficient in reading.

    There’s got to be a dumbing down process going on, because I’ve never known of such a low percentage among white kids.

    • John_HD

      I went to elementary school a long time ago, but by third grade, I didn’t know a single kid who wasn’t proficient in reading; not one. I find it hard to believe that 36% of whites are not proficient at it by 3rd grade. What a nightmare it must be for your kids to have to go to school among dunces.

      • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

        I was born in White Portland, OR and when I was in the 3rd grade I was already reading at a college level (math was another story); that year we moved to Riverside, CA, which had a sizeable Hispanic population, even in the ’70s. It was like being yanked backwards. I spent recess and lunch in the library because I needed something – anything – to kill the boredom.

      • Erasmus

        I too went to school back in the dark ages, and I still recall over those years only two students who couldn’t master reading and writing. But, looking back I realize THEY were dyslexic.

        • Alexandra1973

          My son, who’s mildly autistic, was writing legibly at the age of 5. Not bad.

          He’s 12 and forever asking me how to spell things.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    …Their class sizes are larger, course offerings are fewer and funding is lower.

    Not true according to this chart from the Heritage Foundation based on data from the DOE (Department of Education).

    Poor Hispanics schools also get Title I and Bilingual funds that your White children’s school does not.

    to be an eligible Title I school, at least 40% of a school’s students must be from low-income families…Title I also helps children from families that have migrated to the United States

    • withcaution

      Funding per Detroit student is 18,000 and the graduation rate is 25% (if including all the drop outs). White Detroit-suburban schools funding is about half that amount. Of course, all that money is drained from the suburbs to begin with.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    The experts quoted in the article — professors from Brooklyn College and Antioch University, a teacher in California’s artichoke capital and California’s idiot governor, Jerry Brown — believe in the totally disproved “blank slate” theory: Any difference in achievement is due to racism, poverty, oppression and discrimination by Whites.

    Anyone who challenges “blank slate” gets the Jason Richwine treatment. Speaking the truth about protected classes is always considered racist, sexist, homophobic or hateful.

    Jason Richwine wrote his dissertation at Harvard on the crucial linkage between immigration and IQ. He looked at the NIS results for a subtest of the Wechsler IQ test given to children of legal immigrants between ages 3 and 12. The offspring of Mexican immigrants averaged an 82, which is about the 12th percentile among non-Hispanic white children.

    Dr. Lynn quotes the figures of 88 IQ for Mexicans in Mexico and 89 for U.S. Hispanics.

    Using statistical analysis, it suggests that the test-score differential is due primarily to a real cognitive gap rather than to culture or language bias. It analyzes how this cognitive gap could affect socioeconomic assimilation, and it concludes by exploring how IQ selection might be incorporated, as one factor among many, into immigration policy.

    The solution, of course, as quoted from Gov. Brown is to “funnel MORE money to low income and non-English students.”

    What do WE get from mass immigration from 3rd world countries?

    Barrios, colonias, drunk drivers and more participants in the Food Stamp, Section 8, WIC and Obamacare programs.

    “A society, a movement, a belief system, that says upfront, ‘We can’t handle the truth,’ is not long for this world.

    –Larry Auster,

    • sshadow

      Hello Bon,

  • Spartacus

    “No one wants to see themselves as racist,” Aja said, “but educators
    have this ingrained belief that black and Latino kids are cognitively
    inferior and they lower expectations.”


  • ViktorNN

    Why is it surprising that when we import millions of Mexicans, our country starts looking like Mexico?

    Are Mexicans in Mexico very well educated? As a society, do they seem to value to intellectualism? As a people, do they have a history of intellectual accomplishment such that they stand apart from other countries and peoples?

    No, no, and no.

    Their main cultural values are living in squalor, getting by through whatever forms of petty corruption they struggle to think up, and hating on anyone who “acts white” by showing any intellectual ability.

    Sadly, these Mexican values are going to become American values. And it was all entirely predictable!

  • Alexandra1973

    But…but…that guy in “Stand and Deliver” said math runs in their blood!

    I’ve actually thought about it. They were accused of cheating because their work was similar and had the similar wrong answers. It could be that Escalante just told them how to work out certain problems…you know, rote stuff. Instead of actually thinking it out. I’ve never had calculus so that’s my guess.

  • newscomments70

    With the exception of Redondo, none of those places are actually Los Angeles. They are separate cities. Huntington and Tarzana aren’t even that close to LA. Even these cities and the relatively nice parts of LA have third world elements to them. Santa Monica is overcrowded and dirty. It is full of section 8 rentals as well. Gang violence is common on the pier. The new tram will connect Santa Monica directly with downtown LA and Watts. Most of Huntington Beach looks pretty ugly and third world, with the exception of the beach area. Redondo is upscale, but in close proximity to high crime areas inland, such as Carson and Compton. Pasadena has some expensive homes and a well-kept historical district. It also has many run down houses inhabited by multiple families. The list is endless.

  • Alexandra1973

    I don’t expect a cat to act like a dog.

  • Massif1

    The influx of blacks and browns usually means tax increases all around. More whites means the local economy will suffer and neighborhoods will be ruined.

  • Greg Thomas

    In other words, the United States is on a fast track to become mexico el norte. Mission accomplised traitors.

  • Greg Thomas

    I live in one of the cities you mentioned. Yes, we have multi-million dollar homes here. But we also have several local mexican barrios, full of illegal mexicans and their anchor babies.

  • ViktorNN

    A Latino studies teacher complaining that latino kids are taught too easy material…

    It doesn’t get much more ironic than that, does it?

    Good catch.

  • Strike_Team

    The “Smart Fraction” material is very interesting. It probably pains a certain middle-aged “PhD candidate” who apparently spends most of his time trolling Amren like a good little socialist, and the rest at websites catering to those with Yellow Fever.

  • John_HD

    That’s got to be it, jay. There’s really no other explanation that makes any sense. As you know, it’s how they manipulate crime stats to make it appear that “whites” commit more crimes than they really do, too.

  • newscomments70

    I speak Spanish. It is a beautiful and complex European language. Most”immigrants” do not speak nor read European Spanish. It is not Spanish by a long shot.

  • ben no

    It pains my parents to learn of California now being predominantly non-white. What a great place it used to be. My parents were both from there before their jobs moved them to New Jersey where I was born. The place is ruined they complain! And I wouldn’t move and live there if you paid me to. How sad and tragic!

  • John_HD

    Come on. Nobody thinks all white people are geniuses. I’m just saying that I myself grew up in California, where this study is from, and when I went to school, with nearly all whites in at best a middle class neighborhood, that I didn’t know a single kid who couldn’t read by third grade, and that stats finding 36% of white kids not being proficient in reading by then is a bizarre departure from when I went to school in the same state. Extraordinary findings like this require extraordinary explanations. So, either white people got a lot dumber in 50 years, or something else is at play, and counting Hispanics as Whites to skew numbers to make Whites look worse is an old government trick that we’re on to by now. Maybe there’s a different answer, but that seems at least, if not more plausible than others I can think of.