Colorado’s largest two minority groups broaden educational achievement

The U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey offered some good news to Colorado’s two largest minority groups in terms of educational attainment, as compared to the state’s white residents. The gains were relatively small, but progress is progress.

Colorado no longer has the largest gaps in the nation in college graduation rates between black and white residents and both Latino and black adults saw high school graduation gaps narrow to their lowest levels in decades.

The percent of black adults 25 years of age and older with college degrees rose from about 20 percent to 24 percent during the two years covered by the 2012 survey, released last month. That narrowed the gap with their white counterparts to less than 20 percentage points compared to 23 percentage points in 2010. White co llege graduation rates inched up less than one percentage point to 43 percent in 2012.

Both Latino and black adults continued to narrow the gaps in high school graduation rates. Black rates rose from 86 percent to 89 percent and Latino rates rose from 65 percent to 68 percent between 2010 and 2012, while white rates stayed at about 96 percent.Both gaps are the smallest since 1960.

“That’s good news all the way around,” said Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, who also is executive director of the Colorado Higher Education Department. “It’s the result of more focus and more collaboration between K-12 and higher education.”

I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS analyzed the data released in the new survey. Senior reporter Burt Hubbard’s complete report can be found here.

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