Florida's Hispanic Student Achievement
Celebrating the Success of Hispanic Students
Sunshine State students are exceeding expectations, busting long held myths about education, and proving the founding principle of Florida's Formula for Student Achievement - all children can learn!
Florida has experienced rising student achievement since the enactment of the A+ Plan in 1999. The Florida Formula for Student Achievement grades schools on an A-F scale - just like students, reading is required in order to advance to the fourth grade, schools and teachers are rewarded for rising achievement, and parents are provided an unprecedented array of educational choices.
As a result, Sunshine State students are now leading the nation in educational progress. According to the 2011 Nation's Report Card, Florida's Hispanic fourth graders are reading as well or better than the average student in 21states and the District of Columbia. According to The Nation's Report Card scores analyzed by the Education Trust, Florida is one of the leading five states in closing economic and racial achievement gaps.
In Fact, 4th grade Hispanic students in Florida now outscore or tie the statewide reading average of all students in 21states!
More Hispanic students are taking rigorous courses to prepare for College. In 1999, only 5,600 Hispanic students were taking and passing AP exams. By 2010, that number had risen 505%!
Florida was able to reverse a generation of decline in public schools by creating a system of high expectations and clear accountability that fostered student achievement.
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In honor of Hispanic Heritage month in 2010, the Foundation for Excellence in Education created this video to recognize the tremendous achievement Florida’s Hispanic students have made over the past decade.
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