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Just Released “Race for Results” Report: American Indian Children Lag Behind Their White Counterparts

October 24, 2017
Native News Online

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2017 Race for Results report shows that persistent challenges in opportunities for success and well-being after the recession hinder children of color and kids living in immigrant families, especially African-American, Latino and American Indian kids.

The Race for Results report, released today, underscores the formidable risks to healthy child development such as poverty, limited educational opportunities and family separation, in immigrant families and for children of color, exacerbated by policies that limit resources and restrict access. The report comes at a time when the nation’s lawmakers consider policy changes that will affect the 800,000 young people who have been granted a reprieve from fear of deportation through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

According to the Race for Results report, American Indians lag behind their Asian and white counterparts:

  • Thirty-eight percent of American Indian children live in households with incomes of 200 percent above the federal poverty level, compared to 69 percent of white children and 69 percent of Asian children.
  • Just 18 percent of American Indian, compared to 68 percent of Asian and 48 percent of white young adults.
  • Among fourth-graders nationally, 22 percent of American Indian students scored at or above proficient in reading in 2015, compared to 53 percent of Asian and 46 percent of white students.
  • Among eighth-graders nationally, 19 percent of American Indian students scored at or above proficient in math in 2015, compared to 58 percent of Asian and 42 percent of white students.