Hispanic students are improving in their understanding of economics, but still lag behind white students, according to the results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress in economics taken by high school seniors.
The exam was taken by 11,000 high school seniors in 2012, and the results have been compared with those of students who took the exam in 2006.
Overall, Hispanic students scored higher and a higher percentage performed at or above the “basic” level. The percentage of Hispanic students scoring at or above basic grew from 64% in 2006 to 71% in 2012.
About 26% of Hispanic students scored “proficient” or better, compared with 53% of white high school seniors.
Students were tested in the areas of market economy, national economy and international economy.
Jack Buckley, commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics, believes that improving performance of Hispanic students could have more to do with improving reading and writing skills than their actual comprehension of economics.