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PRESS RELEASE

June 21, 2006

Cathy Schroeder
(850) 245-0413

Commissioner Winn Announces Top 10 School Districts Closing the Achievement Gap for Third Through 10th Grades

TALLAHASSEE — Education Commissioner John L. Winn today announced the top 10 school districts closing the achievement gap between third through 10th grade minority students and their white counterparts. The top 10 districts were identified by comparing the increased percentages of districts' African-American and Hispanic students who are reading and demonstrating mathematics skills at or above grade level on the Florida Comprehensive Achievement Test compared to the percentage of white students from 2006 to 2005.

"The only true way to close the achievement gap is for all students to improve and for students who traditionally struggle the most to achieve at even higher rates," said Commissioner Winn. "Our schools are accomplishing this goal with the belief that "good" schools are good for all students."

African-American Students

Top 10 districts closing the achievement gap for African-American students in reading:

  • Wakulla by 5.78 percent
  • Flagler by 4.69 percent
  • Pasco by 4.64 percent
  • Putnam by 4.60 percent
  • St. Johns by 4.17 percent
  • Monroe by 3.66 percent
  • Franklin by 3.65 percent
  • Union by 3.06 percent
  • Volusia by 3.05 percent
  • Madison by 2.91 percent

Top 10 districts closing the achievement gap for African-American students in mathematics:

  • DeSoto by 7.89 percent
  • Lafayette by 5.86 percent
  • Wakulla by 5.51 percent
  • Putnam by 4.61 percent
  • Hernando by 4.60 percent
  • Franklin by 4.44 percent
  • Jefferson by 4.43 percent
  • Holmes by 3.45 percent
  • Union by 3.40 percent
  • Broward by 3.39 percent

Hispanic Students

Top 10 districts closing the achievement gap for Hispanic students in reading:

  • Lafayette by 12.57 percent
  • Suwannee by 9.39 percent
  • Union by 6.50 percent
  • Indian River by 5.71 percent
  • Flagler by 4.57 percent
  • Hamilton by 4.12 percent
  • Sumter by 3.36 percent
  • Collier by 3.30 percent
  • Pinellas by 3.18 percent
  • Madison by 3.11 percent

Top 10 districts closing the achievement gap for Hispanic students in mathematics:

  • Holmes by 12.85 percent
  • Liberty by 11.00 percent
  • Jackson by 8.86 percent
  • Lafayette by 8.68 percent
  • Gilchrist by 5.66 percent
  • Calhoun by 5.09 percent
  • Charlotte by 4.29 percent
  • Madison by 3.94 percent
  • Levy by 3.46 percent
  • St. Lucie by 3.02 percent

The achievement gap is the difference between the academic performance of minority students compared to white students. Across the state, African-American and Hispanic students continue to make progress in both reading and mathematics. Currently, 39 percent of African-American students are reading at or above grade level, up from 26 percent in 2001. Hispanic students made similar improvement with 50 percent of Hispanic students are reading at or above grade level, up from 35 percent in 2001. In mathematics, 41 percent of African-American students are demonstrating mathematics skills at or above grade level, up from 26 percent in 2001. Fifty-six percent of Hispanic students are demonstrating mathematics skills at or above grade level, up from 41 percent in 2001.

To view school and district reading and mathematics FCAT scores for third through 10th grades visit http://fcat.fldoe.org/.