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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.

Reading - Percentage of Students Scoring At or Above Basic

  Grade 4, 2011 Grade 4, 2013 Grade 8, 2011 Grade 8, 2013
All Students 71% 75% 73% 77%
White 83% 85% 82% 84%
African American 54% 57% 57% 66%
Hispanic 67% 73% 71% 73%


Reading - Percentage of Students Scoring At or Above Proficient

  Grade 4, 2011 Grade 4, 2013 Grade 8, 2011 Grade 8, 2013
All Students 35% 39% 30% 33%
White 48% 49% 38% 42%
African American 17% 20% 14% 19%
Hispanic 30% 36% 27% 27%


Mathematics - Percentage of Students Scoring At or Above Basic

  Grade 4, 2011 Grade 4, 2013 Grade 8, 2011 Grade 8, 2013
All Students 84% 84% 68% 70%
White 92% 92% 79% 81%
African American 70% 72% 46% 51%
Hispanic 81% 82% 65% 65%


Mathematics - Percentage of Students Scoring At or Above Proficient

  Grade 4, 2011 Grade 4, 2013 Grade 8, 2011 Grade 8, 2013
All Students 37% 41% 28% 31%
White 52% 20% 37% 40%%
African American 18% 20% 11% 14%
Hispanic 31% 36% 22% 24%

FCAT 2.0 and End-Of-Course Assessments

On FCAT 2.0 and Algebra I End-of-Course assessments, Florida's Hispanic and African American students narrowed the gap in reading across grade levels and significantly narrowed the gap in Algebra I.

Advanced Placement

On 2013 Advanced Placement (AP) results, Florida is the only state in the nation among those with a large Hispanic/Latino population (20 percent or greater) in its graduating class to eliminate the participation and performance gap. Hispanics/Latinos made up almost 25 percent of the 2012 graduating class, yet they made up 26 percent of AP exam test takers and 29 percent of AP exam takers scoring 3 or higher.

Florida's Black/African American graduates have progressed in both participation and success on AP over the last ten years. In 2012, almost 15 percent of the high school graduates who had taken an AP exam were Black/African American, up from a little more than nine percent in 2002. In 2012, 7.4 percent of African American graduates scored 3 or higher on AP exams, rising from 5.6 percent in 2002.

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