Between 2004 and 2013, Hispanic enrollment in Georgia’s public schools nearly doubled, increasing from seven to 13 percent, more than any other racial group. Source: Governor’s Office of Student Achievement May 30, 2014
In 2013, less than 30 percent of Hispanic students took at least one AP exam, compared to approximately 60 percent of Asian students.
The 2013 four-year rate for Georgia’s Hispanic students is 64 percent, and it is rising steadily, up from 43 percent a decade ago. The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement attributes much of the work to help Hispanic students to community organizations and foundations like the Sandy Springs Mission.
Language barriers, difficulty transitioning to American schools, and students who don’t see the correlation between a good education and strong career prospects are reasons for Georgia’s substandard Latino graduation rate.