Video Submissions Spotlight Achievement Gaps for Latino Students

Posted September 13, 2018
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Students from across the country created videos for a National Association of Hispanic Journalists competition

The Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion and the Nation­al Asso­ci­a­tion of His­pan­ic Jour­nal­ists issued a com­pelling charge to stu­dent video­g­ra­phers across the nation: Tell the sto­ry of how Lati­no chil­dren are faring.
The sub­mis­sions rolled in — all uti­liz­ing research from the Foundation’s KIDS COUNT® Data Cen­ter, which high­lights per­sis­tent achieve­ment gaps between Lati­no stu­dents and their peers.
The data also iden­ti­fy two piv­otal aca­d­e­m­ic mile­stones: 1) scor­ing pro­fi­cient in fourth-grade read­ing; and 2) scor­ing pro­fi­cient in eighth-grade math. Reach­ing both mile­stones sends a strong sig­nal that a pro­duc­tive adult­hood is pend­ing, accord­ing to research.

Of all the videos received, Joce­lyn Moran’s stood out. A stu­dent at San Diego State Uni­ver­si­ty, Moran turned her cam­era lens on Ale­jan­dra Diaz, a teacher from North­ern Cal­i­for­nia. Her sto­ry under­scored a sober­ing sta­tis­tic — how 85% of Lati­no chil­dren in Cal­i­for­nia fall short of scor­ing pro­fi­cient in eighth-grade math. 

Diaz works with chil­dren from low-income fam­i­lies as part of a sum­mer learn­ing pro­gram, and she’s con­fi­dent that the sto­ry she’s star­ring in can change. They’re kids,” she says of her stu­dents. If giv­en the right amount of resources and effort, those scores would not be as low as they are.”

In addi­tion to Moran’s win­ning video, two sub­mis­sions earned hon­or­able men­tions: Jack­e­line Llza­ma, a stu­dent at the Uni­ver­si­ty of North Car­oli­na at Chapel Hill, and Fabi­an Oso­rio, a stu­dent at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Phoenix.
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