Idaho Leads The Nation In Hispanic Students Making Progress


By Andrew Reed

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV/KTWT-TV) A recent report comparing student achievement across the country shows Idaho’s Hispanic students are making more progress in vocabulary than students in any other state.

Carmen Perez is a senior at canyon ridge high school and dreams to be a physical therapist someday.

"I plan to major in pre-physical therapy and right now I'm actually doing a job shadow at Wright Physical therapy” said Carmen Perez.

She is among many Hispanics across the state, an ethnicity that is seeing an improvement in vocabulary skills.

"It sounds like from the national report that vocabulary is the area were Idaho students are particularly giving us strong showings, so I think that's very exciting” said Patti O’Dell Associate Superintendent, Twin Falls School District.

The national assessment for educational progress found, Idaho’s Hispanic students showed the largest gain of 13 percentage points - more than any other state in reading and vocabulary.

"I think it's a great future for Idaho, we need to have a well educated populist in Idaho. We need to have people going into secondary education and college” said O’Dell.

The canyon ridge senior is excited to see the Hispanic population achievement improve, especially in Idaho.

" We do excel in school and we do progress and do have a future here and it's important for others to know."

A future Idaho school districts are ready for with a positive step in the right direction.

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