Why this is important
Growth in the number of nonwhite students forecasts trends in the adult population of the county and corresponding changes in expectations, needs and opportunities.
What the data show
During the 2012–2013 school year, 71,906 students were enrolled in Dakota County K-12 schools. Of those, 19,451 students were racial or ethnic minorities. This represents a long-term trend, with the percentage of non-white students more than doubling over the past 10 years, from 12% in 2002-2003 to 27% in 201–2013. Statewide, non-white students in K-12 schools comprise 27% of students, and in the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area, non-white students comprise 37% of students. In addition to demographic diversity, during the 2012–2013 school year, 9,501 students (13.2%) in Dakota County schools spoke one of 114 different languages other than English as their primary language at home. The most commonly spoken language was Spanish, with more than 4,101 students speaking it, followed by Somali (1,336), Vietnamese (619), Russian (333) and Chinese-Mandarin (310).
This figure provides a snapshot of student diversity in Dakota County school districts in the 2012-2013 school year. Burnsville and West St. Paul are the school districts that have highest percent of students who are non-white, while Hastings and Randolph school districts have less than 10 percent of non-white students.