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  • Policy brief from the James A. & Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research | Idaho at a Glance. October 2013, Vol. 4, No. 2 | Hispanic students are the fastest growing demographic group in Idaho’s education system. The quality of tomorrow’s workforce depends on these students succeeding in school. This report is the second in our series of policy briefs on Hispanics and education in Idaho. Here, we focus on Hispanics’ educational aspirations, their decision to attend college, and their experiences with and achievement in science and math. Our major findings point to the need for programs and policies that help Hispanic students achieve their highest potential: Hispanic enrollment growth is outpacing non-Hispanic growth in Idaho’s public schools, colleges and universities. Hispanic students have high aspirations for completing a postsecondary degree. Almost two-thirds expect to complete a 4-year college degree. Despite their aspirations, Hispanic students do not perform as well as non-Hispanics on state achievement tests, especially in science. When it comes to experiences with science and math, Hispanic 7th graders are similar to their non-Hispanic peers. By 10th grade, however, Hispanic students are less likely to have positive experiences. Hispanic parents want to have more time to be involved in their children’s education, but many lack confidence in their ability to help with science and math homework.

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  • January 1, 2013

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