Hispanic students are among Idaho’s fastest growing demographic groups, making up 17.7 percent of enrolled public K-12 students today. Even more, the number of children in this demographic is projected to grow another 11.7 percent by 2019. Hispanic students also fare worse on Idaho’s state achievement tests than students of other demographic groups.

This demographic shift linked with a gap in academic achievement makes it imperative that Idaho’s schools learn to fully engage these students and their families in their educational opportunities. Idaho’s Hispanic families offer valuable insights that can benefit the work of schools throughout the Gem State. This is especially true for the state’s charter school and private school sectors, which currently under-enroll Hispanic students.

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