Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences. Feb 2007, Vol. 29 Issue 1, p35, 15 p.
Social classes -- Research, Academic achievement -- Research, American students -- Social aspects, American students -- Research, Hispanic American students -- Social aspects, and Hispanic American students -- Research
Using a nationally representative sample from the National Educational Longitudinal Study, this research examines the longitudinal effects of race and socioeconomic status on 12th-grade educational achievement and achievement 2 years after high school. For 12th-grade outcomes, the authors found no statistical difference in scores between Hispanic and White students. Two years after high school, the results were very surprising: (a) when controlling for socioeconomic status, Hispanic students actually outperformed their White counterparts; (b) socioeconomic status was 10 times more powerful than race in predicting outcomes; and (c) White students received a greater benefit for increases in socioeconomic status than did their Hispanic counterparts. Keywords: academic achievement; high school; Hispanics; longitudinal effects