Mexican Americans and Education
Edward E. Telles and Vilma Ortiz
Latino Policy and Issues Brief, Number 19
June 2008

In this brief the authors conclude that Mexican Americans' years of education are not increasing with generation status, which has important implications for the assimilation of Mexican Americans and for their future socioeconomic status.

Latino Policy & Issues Briefs numbers 17-21 were generated by the Mexican American Study Project (MASP), a research project based at UCLA. In 1965–66, MASP project teams interviewed Mexican Americans living in Los Angeles and San Antonio; in 1997–2000, Professors Edward E. Telles and Vilma Ortiz re-interviewed the original participants, plus two of their adult children. The two surveys provide data for a systematic analysis of how well Mexican Americans are being absorbed into the predominant culture.