Posted on July 30, 2019

Segregation of Latino Students from White Peers Increased over a Generation, Study Finds

Christina Samuels, Education Week, July 30, 2019

In 1998, the average Latino elementary school student attended a school where 40 percent of her classmates were white.

But by 2015, the average young Latino student was attending a school with a student body of only 30 percent white students, demonstrating an increased level of ethnic segregation, according to a new analysis of student data. {snip}

The isolation of Latinos is particularly high in large urban districts, said Bruce Fuller, a sociologist from the University of California Berkeley and a co-author of the study. In 1998, 7 percent of the average Latino child’s classmates were white in big-city districts, and by 2010 that had dropped to 5 percent.

At the same time, Fuller said, the study showed the diversity among Latino children, who today make up more than a quarter of the 35.5 million children in public elementary school. {snip}

And the study showed that poor and middle income children are more likely to attend school together, irrespective of race. {snip}


This study did not compare integration of Latino students with integration of black students over the same time frame. However, other researchers, using different analytical tools, have looked at that question and found that white students and Latino students attend the most segregated schools. {snip} Black students attend schools that average 47 percent black enrollment, and Asian students attend schools that average 24 percent black enrollment.