State stats show Asian, Latino student enrollment grows

HUDSON–The number of public school students identified as “Asian/Pacific” or “Latino” has increased in Columbia County, even as the total enrollment has fallen, according to data in the New York State Education Department’s Student Information Repository System (SIRS).

Columbia County has six general education school districts: Chatham, Germantown, Hudson, Ichabod Crane (Kinderhook), New Lebanon and Taconic Hills. In these six districts, from 2011 to 2014, the number of Asian/Pacific students increased by 8.5%, even as the total enrollment fell by 6.6%. The percentage of students who identify as Asian increased from 2.9% to 3.4% for all six districts combined, from 9.2% to 10.6% for Hudson.

For Latino students during the same time period the greatest percent increase occurred in the Taconic Hills district. There, the number rose from 79 in 2011 to 109 in 2014, an increase of 67.7%. Taconic Hills’ percent of students identifying as Latino rose from 5.3% in 2011 to 7.9% in 2014.

Latino enrollment also increased in the Chatham and Hudson districts. In all three districts, the growth of the Latino student population occurred through 2013 and leveled off in 2014.

All the data are from the state Education Department.

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