Posted on December 14, 2018

K-8 Students Hit a Milestone: About Half Are Minorities

Suzanne Gamboa, NBC News, December 11, 2018


The Census Bureau reported Tuesday that 49.9 percent of the K-8 students in 2017 were non-Hispanic white, down from 56.7 percent a decade earlier.


In the K-12 population, white, non-Hispanic students are 50.9 percent of the student body, a drop from 57.6 percent in 2007, according to the Census.

Meanwhile, the Hispanic student K-12 population rose from 19.9 percent to about a quarter in 2017.

Black, non-Hispanic students were 13.9 percent of the K-12 population, down from 14.9 in 2007. Asian non-Hispanic students were 5.1 percent last year, a slight increase from 4.1 percent 10 years earlier and those categorized as other, non-Hispanic rose to 5 percent, up from 3.6 percent a decade ago.