Most MCPS Student Dropouts Over Past Years Were Latino

About three-fifths of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students who dropped out over the last three years were Latino. 2,151 students have dropped out, and 1,335 were Latino.

Minority students and students who don’t speak English as a first language are more likely to drop out of school. In the 2017-18 school year, about half of the students who dropped out did not speak English as a first language. 

In the same year, 53% of students who dropped out only started with MCPS in high school, and cited “lack of interest” as to why they dropped out.

The data were first reported by the website, Bethesda Beat

A study conducted in March found that for the Class of 2017, Latino students had the lowest graduation rate of any racial group. 

In a student attendance and engagement study released in July, Superintendent Jack Smith said that one obstacle to student engagement in MCPS is lack of attention to “the disproportionate numbers of Black or African American and Hispanic/Latino student dropouts.” 

A statement from the Learning Policy Institute found that students of color are more likely to graduate high school when they learn from teachers of color.

At-large member of the Montgomery County Board of Education Karla Silvestre emphasized a need for more Hispanic teachers in MCPS.

“Hispanic teacher population has gone up consistently every year for the past five years. But, it is a challenge, definitely, because we also have immersion schools that need bilingual teachers, we now have 4-5 dual language programs, in addition to all the teachers that we need for our foreign languages,” Silvestre said in an interview with MCM.

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