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New Bedford

Key educational benchmarks
New Bedford Massachusetts
% of third graders who meet or exceed expectations in reading (Next-generation MCAS, 2018) 43% 52%
% of students graduating high school within four years 58.6% 87.9%
Early education and care
   
% of children under age 6 with all parents in the labor force 70.3%
71.3%
# of preschool-aged (3-5 yrs) children 3,842
224,901
% of 3- and 4-year-old children enrolled in an early education program (estimate only) 49.8%
59.1%
# of public schools with preschool classrooms 10
515
# of licensed center-based programs 23
2,137
# of licensed family child care providers 32
6,228
K-12 education1
   
# of students enrolled in public school 12,845
951,631
% of public school students identified as economically disadvantaged 66.1%
31.2%
% of public school students whose first language is not English 40.4%
21.9%
% of public school students receiving special education services 20.9%
18.1%
% of public school kindergarten students attending full-day kindergarten 100.0%
96.4%
 
Child population
Birth-5 6-18
  New Bedford Massachusetts New Bedford Massachusetts
# of children 7,805 442,592 15,506 1,074,498
% of children living below the poverty line2 38.1%
16.1%
33.1%
13.9%
% who are Black or African American 5.4% 7.4% 7.0% 7.3%
% who are Asian 0.8% 6.3% 0.9% 5.2%
% who are Hispanic or Latino 30.4% 16.9% 26.1% 13.9%
% who are White 51.5% 63.1% 53.3% 69.1%
% of students who are another race, or two or more races3 12.0% 6.2% 12.7% 4.4%
   
1 Community data excludes charter and vocational schools. Economically disadvantaged is calculated based on a student's participation in one or more of the following state-administered programs: the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); the Transitional Assistance for Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC); the Department of Children and Families' (DCF) foster care program; and MassHealth (Medicaid).
2 Includes children birth to 17. The 2015 federal poverty guideline for a family of four is $24,250 per year.
3 Includes American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander.
Sources: Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, US Census 2010, ACS 13-17.
 
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