In Silicon Valley, even high-achieving schools fail Latinos

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

When it comes to preparing Latino children for college, some of the most successful school districts in the South Bay and Peninsula post the worst failure rates.

In the Sunnyvale elementary district, where 82 percent of Asian students become proficient in algebra, only 10 percent of Latino students do. The district is tied with Berryessa and San Mateo-Foster City for the lowest Latino algebra proficiency rate -- the greatest single predictor of college success -- among 54 school districts in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

The dismal figures signal an educational crisis, say authors of a report being released Wednesday, as districts fail the largest-growing demographic group. Latinos make up 38 percent of K-12 public school students in the two counties.

The fledgling advocacy group Innovate Public Schools compiled state data for the report, "Broken Promises: The Children Left Behind In Silicon Valley Schools." The numbers came as no surprise but a disappointment nonetheless to parents who have pressed for faster school improvement.

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