New Study on Latino Educational Stratification Published in Social Forces

Mon, December 10, 2012

In "School Stratification in New and Established Latino Destinations," published in the December 2012 issue of Social Forces, Molly Dondero and Chandra Muller investigate changing educational contexts for Latino students.


The growth and geographic diversification of the school-age Latino population suggest that schools in areas that previously had very few Latinos now serve many of these students. This study uses the 1999-2000 Schools and Staffing Survey and the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 to compare public high schools in new and established Latino destinations. We examine school composition, school quality indicators, instructional resources and access to advanced math courses. We find that schools in new destinations display more favorable educational contexts according to a number of measures, but offer fewer linguistic support services than schools in established destinations. We also find evidence of a within-school Latino white gap in advanced math course taking in new destinations, suggesting greater educational stratification within schools in those areas.

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