Florida Minority Students Closing the Achievement Gap

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – During the past year, Florida minority students made progress in closing the achievement gap on several national and state level measures. African American and Hispanic students made more improvement from 2011 to 2013 on National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assessments in reading and mathematics, performance and participation in Advanced Placement (AP), FCAT 2.0 Reading and Mathematics and Algebra I End-of-Course assessments and Florida’s graduation rate.

Governor Scott said, “I am very proud of Florida’s students, teachers and parents for showing that together we can all prepare our next generation for success in college and careers. Together we can keep improving to make life better for all Floridians.”

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

Florida is the only state to have narrowed the achievement gap between White and African American students at both grades 4 and 8 in both reading and mathematics. Also, the percentage of Florida’s Hispanic and African-American 4th and 8th grade students scoring at or above Basic in reading is significantly higher than the nation. This is also true for Florida’s grade 4 mathematics Hispanic and African-American students.

(Statistics may be seen at http://www.flgov.com/2013/12/05/florida-minority-students-closing-the-achievement-gap/.)