Mapping The Struggle Of Idaho's Latino Students: 'It's A Problem Across The State'

Jan 13, 2020

Screenshot of the interactive map from the Latino Listening Project. The darker the color on the map, the larger the gap between white students and Latino students.
Credit Latino Listening Project, Idaho EdNews, Idaho Statesman

The learning gap between Idaho Latino students and their peers is significant, according to an intensive review of data from school districts across the Gem State. The Latino Learning Project, a collaboration of Idaho EdNews and the Idaho Statesman, has detailed the gaps in the English and language arts and math proficiencies, revealing significant disparities in a number of school districts in southern Idaho.

The study compared the standardized test scores (ISATs) for Latino and white students. Data was provided by the Idaho State Department of Education, obtained via a public records request. Some data was not available for districts with small student populations (those scores are redacted to protect privacy). The darker the color on the map, the larger the gap between the two groups.

Morning Edition host George Prentice spoke to Sami Edge of Idaho EdNews and Nicole Foy of the Idaho Statesman about their reporting for the Latino Learning Project.

“That’s a pretty significant issue and not something that necessarily is a statewide topic even though it’s a problem across the state.”

Find reporter George Prentice on Twitter @georgepren

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