Policy brief from the James A. & Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research | Idaho at a Glance. February 2011 | Hispanic students are the fastest-growing demographic group in Idaho’s education system.
Hispanic enrollment in public K-12 schools increased by 65% in the last ten years, compared to 7% among non-Hispanic students.
Idaho’s 41,400 Hispanic students accounted for over half the state’s public school enrollment growth in the last ten years.
Hispanic students make up 5% of Idaho’s higher education enrollment, up from 3% ten years ago. Nevertheless, Idaho has relatively fewer Hispanic students in higher education than the Rocky Mountain West (8%) and the nation as a whole (11%). The quality of Idaho’s workforce tomorrow depends on what the state, communities, schools and families do today. This report is intended to inform public policy and programs that keep Hispanic students in school, achieving their highest potential throughout the education system.