National Data | Chart | Tables for Children, Grandchildren Of Mexican Immigrants Fail To Close The Education Gap


Table 1:

What Assimilation?: Education Levels

of Mexican-Americans By Generation

(1989-1990)

 

Mexican-Americans

 

 

First

Second

Third

Fourth

All  Non-Mexican

 

Generation

Generation

Generation

Generation

Americans

No High School Degree (%)

69.9

51.5

33.0

41.0

23.5

High School Degree (%)

24.7

39.2

58.5

49.4

30.4

Post High School Degree

5.4

9.3

8.5

9.6

45.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Rodolfo O. De la Garza, Angelo Falcon, P. Chris Garcia, “Mexican Immigrants, Mexican Americans, and American Political Culture,” in Barry Edmonston and Jeffrey S. Passell (eds.) 

Immigration and Ethnicity: The Integration of America`s Newest Arrivals (Washington: Urban Institute

Press, 1994.) Cited by Samuel Huntington in Foreign Policy:

 

 

Table2:

Dropout Rates By Recency of Immigration, 2000

 

Immigration Status:

Hispanic

Non-Hispanic

Hispanic as Multiple of

Non-Hispanic

 

Born Outside the U.S.

44.2%

7.4%

6.0

First Generation

 

14.6

4.6

3.2

Second Generation

15.9

8.2

1.9

Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center For Education Statistics, “Status and Trends in the

Education of Hispanics,” April 2003. Supplemental Table 3.3b.

 

Edwin S. Rubenstein (email him) is President of ESR Research Economic Consultants in Indianapolis.