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Race for Results: Latino Children in Nebraska

A couple weeks ago the Annie E. Casey Foundation published the Race for Results: building a path to opportunity for all children report. This report explores the intersection of kids, race, and opportunity and features the new Race for Results. This index is based on 12 indicators measuring children’s success and allows for comparison between states and different racial groups.

This is the third post in a blog series that will examine each racial group in Nebraska. Our series started with a post on the state of Nebraska’s African American children, followed by an examination into the state of Nebraska’s American Indian children. This week we will had a closer look at Latino children living in Nebraska.

Compared to overall index scores in Nebraska, our Latino children are scoring below the average. The overall index score for Latino children in the U.S. is 404 out of 1,000 total, Nebraska’s Latino children scored a dismal 368. Among the 12 indicators, Nebraska’s Latino children scored the lowest among each racial group in 8th grade math proficiency, percent of young adults who had completed an associate’s degree or higher, and in percent of children living with an adult who has at least a high school diploma. The following chart shows how this group compares to the state average for each of the 12 indicators.

In conjunction with this data and report, Voices for Children in Nebraska held an event to highlight more of the state data and to identify areas where targeted strategies and investments are needed in order to ensure opportunity for all Nebraska children. The event was eye-opening to the educational achievement gap and provided attendees with strategies to turn the tide. Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we dive further into the data on Nebraska’s different racial groups.

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