Colorado Editorials

Estes Park Trail Gazette: We must do better for the Hispanic children in our community

Author: Estes Park Trail-Gazette Editorial Board - April 7, 2018 - Updated: April 7, 2018

Last week the Trail-Gazette published a story discussing the experiences of Estes Park students who are in the English Language Learners program or who had completed it. This was an in depth piece in which our reporter held multiple interviews with the school administration, teachers, parents and students. We encourage you to read it online at if you have not already.

What our reporting showed, confirmed by the school district, is that Hispanic students in Estes Park are behind their peers. According to a four week study by the Estes Park School District in 2017, 44 percent of Hispanic students had a failing grade compared to only 31 percent of all other students at the high school level.

At younger grade levels the Hispanic students are behind their peers on the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) testing for grades two through eight. Hispanic students are at 18 percent in reading readiness, compared to 44 percent for the total student population and at 11 percent in mathematics readiness, compared to 30 percent for the entire student population, according to information from the Estes Park School District.

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