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Education

Student Demographics

In 2000 approximately forty-seven million public school students were enrolled in kindergarten through twelfth grade in the United States. According to The Condition of Education, 2002 (Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics, 2003), approximately 39 percent of these students belonged to a minority group. Hispanics (16.6 percent) and African-Americans (16.6 percent) accounted for the largest number of minority students in public schools, and these figures represent a significant increase since the early 1970s, when white students made up nearly 78 percent of the public school population. (See Table 7.1.)

Educational Attainment

Progress for African-American Students

In the late nineteenth century about two-thirds of white school-age youth attended school, while only about one-third of African-American children did. The attendance gap narrowed during the twentieth century until, by the mid-1970s, a similar proportion of African-American and white school-age children were enrolled in school. In 2000 African-American students made up 16.6 percent of the nation's public school...

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