In 2018, the County Office of Education embarked on an effort to answer a question posed by the Santa Cruz Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The questions was: how well are our African American students doing in the schools of Santa Cruz County? This inspired us to ask the same question of all major student groups in Santa Cruz County, including our Latinx Students. The answers we found was that in spite of academic success, Latinx students feelings of safety in school have been decreasing.
California Healthy Kids Survey
Administered every two years, the California Healthy Kids Survey asks students questions on a variety of areas related to school success.
School connectedness represents an important indicator of school success. When asked if they feel close to people at school, students must answer if they strongly agree, agree, neither agree nor disagree, disagree, or strongly disagree with the statement. Over 62% of Latinx students consistently strongly agree or agree with the statement.
When asked the question "How safe do you feel when you are school?", students must select from the possibilities of very safe, safe, neither safe nor unsafe, unsafe, or very unsafe. Responses on the CDPH survey demonstrate that in 2019, Latinx youth who felt very unsafe, unsafe, or neither safe nor unsafe rose from 61% in 2015 to 64% in 2019.
California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)
Performance on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), a system of assessments that measure student progress in different subjects. A common measure of success is the percentage of students who perform at or above the standards set for each grade level by the state of California.
CAASPP- State Assessment: English Language Arts
Performance on the Language Arts part of the CAASPP shows a consistent and large performance gap between Latinx (Hispanic or Latino) students and their white and Asian peers.
CAASPP- State Assessment: Mathematics
In mathematics we see that the opportunity gap between Latinx students and their peers is even greater.
CAASPP- State Assessment: Science
In science the pattern continues with an opportunity gap between Latinx and Asian, Bi-racial, and white students.