U.S. Department of Education

Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Groups 2017

Posted on August 7, 2017

Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Groups examines the educational progress and challenges
students face in the United States by race/ethnicity. This report shows that over time, students in the racial/ethnic
groups of White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native,
and Two or more races have completed high school and continued their education in college in increasing numbers.
Despite these gains, the rate of progress has varied among these racial/ethnic groups and differences by race/ethnicity persist in terms of increases in attainment and progress on key indicators of educational performance.

• Between 2000 and 2016, the percentage of U.S. children ages 5–17 who were White decreased from 62 percent to 52 percent and the percentage who were Black decreased from 15 to 14 percent. In contrast, the percentage of school-age children from other racial/ethnic groups increased: Hispanics, from 16 to 25 percent; Asians, from 3 to 5 percent; and children of Two or more races, from 2 to 4 percent. The percentage of school-age American Indians/Alaska Natives remained at 1 percent and the percentage of Pacific Islanders remained at less than 1 percent
during this time. (Indicator 1).
• In 2014, about 97 percent of children under age 18 were born within the United States, compared with 96 percent in 2004. The percentage of children born within the United States was 5 percentage points higher in 2014 than in 2004 for Hispanic children (94 vs. 89 percent); in contrast, this percentage was lower in 2014 than in 2004 for Black children (97 vs. 98 percent). (Indicator 2).
• In 2014, a higher percentage of Asian children under age 18 (82 percent) lived with married parents than the percentage of White children (73 percent), Pacific  Islander children (65 percent), Hispanic children and children of Two of more races (56 percent each), American Indian/Alaska Native children (43 percent), and Black children (33 percent) who lived with married parents. (Indicator 3).


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