Interpreting the Evidence
Racial/Ethnic Distribution of Public School Students in New York, c. 1990
Suggested Teaching Instructions
Chart showing the percent distribution of public school students by racial/ethnic origin in New York State from 1986–87 through 1989–90, ca. 1990
Charts and tables like this one are compiled annually by boards of education throughout the nation in order to determine the ethnic and racial breakdown of students in schools. This is not unlike what is done during our nation’s census process every ten years. The information in these tables can be used for many purposes, including (but not limited to) funding, testing statistics, and legislation.
How does immigration impact schools?
Check for Understanding
Summarize the key details contained in this chart and explain the impact of immigration on schools.
Using the New York State Education Department website listed below under Resources, locate this chart for recent years. Compare these years to 1989–90. Have the trends continued or changed?
Research the racial/ethnic origin distribution in your school district. Create a similar chart and compare your district with the “Big Five” and with the total for New York State.
English Language Arts: Describe the information in this chart in words. Try not to use percentages. (Examples: City x has double the population of Black students that City y has. The number of Hispanic students tends to rise/fall annually for City z.)
Art/English as a Second Language: Use different colors and icons to represent each group shown in this chart by time and location, and incorporate this information into an informative poster complete with a key.
Math: For one of the academic years listed, make a pie chart out of the information that is shown for each of the five cities. Make a pie chart for the rest of the state for one of the academic years listed.
Math: For one of the academic years listed, make a bar graph that compares the information for each of the five cities to the rest of the state.