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Latino High Achievers Need More Help, Report Says

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Educators need to focus on how to raise academic achievement for the most successful Latinos in school as well as those who perform poorly, suggests a report.

Written by Patricia Gándara, a professor of education at the University of California, Davis, and published by the Princeton, N.J.-based Educational Testing Service, the report says researchers need to “bring up the top,” rather than only attempting to “raise up the bottom.” It notes that the top fifth of Latino students in 2002 had an SAT verbal score of 598, compared with a score of 663 for the top fifth of white students.

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