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K-12 Indicators: Student Body Characteristics

There is an ongoing demographic revolution occurring in the U.S. as the country’s population grows increasingly diverse. Particularly in the case of a rapidly-growing and exceptionally diverse state like Texas, it is especially important to consider this trend and the impact it will have on educational and social systems. Demographers project that Latino children will account for nearly two of every three American children by 2040. This kind of demographic change is happening to an even greater extent in our region. In addition, one in five students has limited proficiency in the English language, with native languages ranging from Spanish to Mandarin to Urdu. Understanding the changing demographic composition of this region and its schools is essential to understanding the condition of education and addressing current educational inequalities with their attendant impact on the future workforce.